Revival Comes to Washington: An Analysis of the 1876 Revival in the Nation’s Capital

By Caleb Morell | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

In 1876, Washington churches partnered together to host a 105-day-long revival meeting in the National Capital. This event illustrates the extent to which modern revivalism impacted American evangelicalism.

Jonathan Edwards, Revival, and the Necessary Means of Prayer

By Mark Rogers | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Why not gather with a few other pastors in your area once a month or once per quarter to pray for God to send revival? He has answered those kinds of prayers before.

Six Marks of Revivalism

By Andrew Ballitch | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

This article offers an introduction to revivalism. In short, it persists on a host of wrong assumptions and faulty premises. Do you see any of these marks today?

The Worship Set: Today’s Sawdust Trail

By Drew Hodge | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

If God really doesn’t care what we do when we gather and it’s up to us to design a “worship experience,” then everything is on the table.

What Can We Learn from Charles Spurgeon and the New York Revival of 1858?

By Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

What did Spurgeon want his people to understand about God’s work in revival?

Pentecost: An Earthquake with Ongoing Tremors

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

We might say that revival is the unstopping of the pent-up energies of the Spirit of God breaking down the dams which have been erected against his convicting and converting ministry in whole communities of individuals, as happened at Pentecost and in the “awakenings” which have followed.

How Movements Can Undermine Churches and Hurt Their Own Cause

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

What pastors, missionaries, and campus leaders need is a vision for church-driven ministry, not movement-driven ministry. This is how we build for the long-run, not for the sprint.

Why Revivalism Causes Pastors to Burn Out and Job-Hop

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Understanding dependence on the Word and Spirit would have reoriented my entire approach to and practice of pastoral ministry. But instead, I struggled to make sense of the man-centered revivalism I’d been taught.

Revivalism on the Mission Field

By Scott Logsdon | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Revivalism’s bold promises remain alluring to missionaries. But let the missionary beware.

“Finney with a Twist”: Elder Jacob Knapp and the Origins of Baptist Revivalism

By Caleb Morell | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Pastors need to understand that a change occurred among American Baptists in the nineteenth century. This change has shaped our intuitions about conversion, membership, baptism, and what it means to practice regenerate church membership.

Forgotten, Real Revivals of the Second Great Awakening

By Mark Rogers | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

By naming the entire Second Great Awakening a result of man-made revivalism, we fail to recognize many examples of true revival between 1798 and 1820 that we can rejoice in and learn from.

Four Ways to Love Your Lay Elders

By Taylor Cain | 06.01.2022

Here are four ways to care for lay pastors who go the extra mile for their flocks.

Why Is It Essential for Missionaries to Join a Church Where They Live?

By Scott Logsdon | 05.16.2022

Church membership is not only good for missionaries, it’s also good for mission. Missionaries are often portrayed as spiritual giants, but they need church care at least as much as any Christian.

How to Partner with African Churches Well: An Interview with Ken Mbugua

By K. Mbugua, M. Christ | 05.09.2022

“Western organizations land in places like Nairobi with the apparent aim of growing their brand. Churches like ours almost become a hindrance because we are already doing a lot of those things.”

How Should Missionaries Relate to Local Churches Overseas?

By Matt Rhodes | 05.04.2022

Low ecclesiology can cause confusion about missionaries’ involvement in local churches where they serve. Should we attend? Should we be members? For many missionaries, the practical answers are “no” and “no.”