Church Discipline Is Not a Dirty Chore

By Bobby Jamieson | 08.21.2014

For some reason, doing the dishes vexes my wife. I think the process feels futile to her: there’s always something else getting dirty, something more that needs to be put … keep reading…

How Should Christians Relate to Excommunicated Family Members?

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 06.17.2014

How should Christians relate to family members who have been excommunicated from a church?

Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline

By Jonathan Leeman | 06.12.2014

1.They fail to teach their congregation what church discipline is and why to practice it. 2.They fail to teach about and practice meaningful membership. This involves cultivating a culture of … keep reading…

Church Disciplines 575 Members

By Jonathan Leeman | 06.11.2014

I recently asked Pastor David King who is a pastor in Tennessee about his church’s work of cleaning up their membership roles. Here’s the interview: David, I heard that you … keep reading…


9Marks | 05.15.2014

What is it? In the broadest sense, church discipline is everything the church does to help its members pursue holiness and fight sin. Preaching, teaching, prayer, corporate worship, accountability relationships, … keep reading…

Nine Marks of a Prosperity Gospel Church

By D. A. Horton | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

A prosperity gospel church is a purely anti-nine marks church.

Churches Cooperating in Discipline

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

No, most churches don’t cooperate in church discipline. Yes, they probably should. And imagine what would happen to Christian nominalism if they did.

How Church Discipline Will Save the Parachurch

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

Jesus authorized only one institution on earth to clean the kingdom gutters and unclog its pipes—the local church.

Book Review: Love that Rescues, by Eric Bargerhuff

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality | 08.02.2010

This book makes one point: church discipline, in spite of our expectations to the contrary, is all about God’s loving work of rescuing sinners from their sin.

Book Review: Handbook of Church Discipline, by Jay Adams

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 07.18.2010

I don’t agree with every jot and tittle, but Adams’ 1974 work remains one of the most even-handed introductions to the topic.

Book Review: Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit

Review by Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Women | 06.25.2010

In 200 crisp, scripturally saturated pages, Chanski charts an engaging course for Christian womanhood in a feminist age.

How can a pastor know when his congregation is ready to practice church discipline?


You know your congregation is ready to practice church discipline when:

How can a pastor wisely shepherd his church toward the ability to practice church discipline?

Encourage humility. Help people to see that they may be mistaken about their own spiritual state. Consider the example of the man in 1 Corinthians 5 as well as Paul's exhortation to the Corinthian Christians in 2 Corinthians 13:5. Paul charges us to examine ourselves to see if we’re in the faith. Do your church members recognize that they should help one another do such examination?

Can church members simply resign their membership in order to avoid church discipline?


Sometimes church members who are in the process of discipline will attempt to resign their membership in order to avoid the church’s disciplinary action. Is this something that churches should allow?

Definitely not. Churches shouldn’t allow members to simply resign their membership in order to avoid discipline because:

Why should churches discipline members who consistently do not attend?


Some church members are prevented by infirmity or necessity (think military deployment) from regularly attending the church. Others, however, deliberately choose not to attend the church of which they are a member. Such non-attenders have a toxic effect on the church: