Membership

Re-imagining Success in Ministry

By Mark Dever | 03.01.2010

Certainly no church is perfect. But, praise God, many imperfect churches are healthy.

Why (and How) Your Church Should Hold the 1689 Confession

By Sam Waldron | 02.26.2010

Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church? Yes, and here’s why.

Cleaning Up the Rolls

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 02.26.2010

Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence. Yet before you sweep things clean, consider both why and how this should be done.

Cleaning Up the Rolls (Part 2): The Care List

By Matt Schmucker | 02.26.2010

Why go to all this trouble? Too many times, we had seen Satan exploit the newness or suddenness of a motion for discipline in our meetings.

Dealing with Bad Documents

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 02.26.2010

Very often a new pastor will find a statement of faith like our church had—unclear at best and heretical at worst.

Guidelines for Deciding Whom a Church Supports

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Missions | 02.26.2010

We cannot give adequate attention to the whole world and to everyone who might choose to move overseas.

Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Race and Ethnicity | 02.26.2010

We are, for all our diversity, sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, in need of the one remedy that only Jesus could secure: redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Many Ethnicities, One Race

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Race and Ethnicity | 02.26.2010

Does the gospel of Jesus Christ have anything to say regarding how we’re to understand race?

Moving Toward Meaningful Membership

By David King | 02.26.2010

Hebrews 13:17 haunts me.

2nd Mark of a Healthy Church MEMBER: Biblical THEOLOGIAN

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 02.26.2010

Every Christian is meant to be a theologian in the best and most intimate sense of the word.

Separating Insiders and Outsiders

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 02.26.2010

How should we evaluate different prescriptions for a successful church? How can we tell what’s good advice and what’s worthy of the so-called circular file?

Those Toxic Non-Attenders

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 02.25.2010

Christians have been adopted into the body of Christ. Non-attenders act as if they are orphans.

The Preemptive Resignation—A Get Out of Jail Free Card?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

Ending one’s membership in a church requires the consent of both parties. We join a church by the consent of the church, and we leave a church by the consent of the church.

Third Mark of a Healthy Church MEMBER: Gospel Saturated

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: The Gospel | 02.25.2010

So essential is the gospel to the Christian life that we need to be saturated in it in order to be healthy church members.

The Church, Counting Numbers, & You

By Matt Schmucker | 02.24.2010

What has happened to our understanding of evangelism, conversion, church discipline, and discipleship that allows people to remain on the roles of a Christian church but never attend?