Discipleship

Three Reasons Why You Should Encourage Your Congregation to Gather Every Week

By Sam Koo | 01.13.2023

Encourage your church members to deliberately plan, arrange, and order their weeks and months so that they would be in the pews for those 52 Sundays.

Use Your Family Worship to Prepare for Corporate Worship

By Joshua Chatman | 01.12.2023

As a movie trailer builds anticipation for a movie, the Lord can use our family worship to grow our expectations for gathering on the Lord’s Day.

Book Review: Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church, by Donald S. Whitney

Review by Mark Redfern | 01.11.2023

Whitney supplies the reader with spiritual disciplines for within the church and why such disciplines are essential to a true pursuit of God.

Book Review: Counseling Women, by Kristin L. Kellen

Review by Hayley Satrom | 01.06.2023

Kellen provides a biblical framework for coming alongside women in need, as well as practical counseling advice derived from years of experience.

Best Books for Pastors in 2022

By Alex Duke | 12.21.2022

We asked pastors around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2022 that helped you be a better pastor?

A Foolproof Discipling Program: Corporate Worship

By John Sarver | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

The Sunday gathering is the primary discipler of a local congregation because of what it proclaims and the pattern it sets.

Why Parents Are the Primary Spiritual Caregivers of Their Children

By Rhys Plant | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Equip the saints for the work of the ministry by helping parents disciple their children toward maturity.

Spotting, Assessing, and Training Leaders for Church Ministries

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

We need to find and train leaders. But how?

How to Select Children’s Curriculum

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Don’t skimp on theology when it comes to your church’s curriculum for children. The ultimate goal is to help our children to know God.

Raising the Cane: Refreshing Your Seniors’ Ministry

By Will Pareja | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Whether you’re a pastor or a deacon responsible for the care of senior saints, here are some suggestions on refreshing them in Christ.

How Small Groups Can Foster Church Unity . . . Or Destroy It

By Dave Russell | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Small groups have the potential to be a tool for maintaining church unity—when they are led wisely.

Paul Was a Youth Pastor

By M. Redfern, S. Emadi | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Paul teaches kids the Bible and applies it to their lives, teaches in a way that leads children back to the authority of their parents, and equips parents to effectively disciple their children.

Parachurch, Not Parachute: Advantages and Disadvantages of Extra-Church Bible Studies and Fellowships

By Sam Crites | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

The key to healthy parachurch ministry is to make sure its ultimate goal is to support and encourage healthy churches.

Our Main Goals for Youth Ministry

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Foster a culture of discipling with the teenagers. Build a bridge from the rest of the church into their lives.

How to Encourage Women’s Discipling

By Madison Hetzler | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Let what happens on Sunday spill over into the rest of the week. Share a church pew, then start sharing dinner tables, sidewalks, and car rides.