Our Church Wants a Plurality of Elders, But We Don’t Know Where to Start

By Dave Harvey | 05.17.2021

Transitioning to a plurality of elders is an urgent topic—for both planters and pastors who don’t yet have this structure. Why? Because the quality of your elder plurality determines in large part the health of your church. It really is that important.

Pastors, Fight Against Fear of Man by Fighting for the Fear of the Lord

By Dave Cook | 05.10.2021

It’s possible to be afraid of God, but the man who rightly fears God enjoys the thrill, the breathlessness, the awe of glimpsing God’s glory. This man knows his own smallness—and doesn’t mind it.

How Church Membership Gives Us Freedom

By Lee Sullivan | 05.03.2021

Isn’t it ironic that a high commitment like church membership can bring about a sense of freedom?

When You Long for Friends: A Meditation for Elders’ Wives

By Megan Hill | 04.30.2021

In your time as an elder’s wife, you will doubtless experience times of loneliness. You can take encouragement from the example of Paul that a desire for friends is a good desire.

Church Membership Among Former Mormons? A 9Marks Mailbag

By Matt Emadi | 04.29.2021

Church membership isn’t a control mechanism, it’s a barrier to authoritarianism.

Fisherman or Fishermen? Considering the Church’s Corporate Mission

By Matt Sliger | 04.26.2021

The mission of the church is in fact the mission of the church. Rather than merely being one person casting from a pier, it’s a host of men and women holding their part of the net.

Forbear with One Another

By Dan Miller | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Members of the blood-bought church of Jesus Christ have a holy calling to put up with one another.

Be Like Batman: Guard the Gospel

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

You don’t need a seminary education. You don’t have to be an ordained minister or a spiritual superstar. All you need is the Holy Spirit, and you have that! It’s time to suit up and start guarding the gospel.

Speak Only What Is Good to Give Grace

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Our days and our words are numbered, and before long we will have to give an account to God for how we used them.

Evangelize the Lost

By Eric Bancroft | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Do you remember what happened in the Garden of Eden after Adam disobeyed? He pursued him—and he’s has been doing that with sinners ever since.

Be a Good Witness in the Community

By Marwan Aboul-Zelof | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

When we think of being a good witness, we should do so with other believers in mind so that our witness might be amplified.

Maintain a Good Relationship with Christians from Other Churches

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

When it comes to the Christian life, when it comes to how members of different gospel-preaching churches ought to relate to one another, we need to change our strategy.

Don’t Muzzle the Ox

By Ken Mbugua | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

God’s Word languishes in the pulpit because churches have been taught to invest in buildings and projects, not men who have given themselves to the ministry of the Word.

Encourage Your Pastor

By Chad Van Dixhoorn | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Where do we find the books that tell us how to look after those who look after us?

Invite Your Pastors into Your Life

By Omar Johnson | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Don’t let your pastors live on a ministry island. Let them get to know you, and the Lord’s love for them through you. They need you.