Membership

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.

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?

Contribute to the Needs of the Saints

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

When needs are met, thanksgiving abounds, obedience is manifested, the church is built up, and God is glorified!

Sing to One Another

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

On this next Lord’s Day, I hope you will sing from the bottom of your heart with gratitude to the Lord as an act of worship.

Cleanse Out The Old Leaven

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

Let’s cleanse out the old leaven of sin both corporately through corrective church discipline and individually as we fight by grace the sin in our own lives.

Be Hospitable

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

Hospitality is not the responsibility of extroverts but of every church member.

Show Up!

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

However gifted you might be at talking to teenagers or working on the website, your presence at corporate worship is a far more essential and significant way to serve the flock

Book Review: Devoted to God’s Church, by Sinclair Ferguson

Review by Mark Redfern | 01.14.2021

Ferguson’s portrait of church life is refreshing and one that feels, by God’s enabling grace, achievable.

How Formal Membership Makes the Church a Family

By Caleb Greggsen | 11.02.2020

If you want the church to feel like a family, commit to formal church membership.

When Looking for a Church, Beware the “Right Fit”

By Murray Campbell | 08.31.2020

“I’m looking for a church that’s just like me.” Few people would say it quite so crassly, but the sentiment is common.

A Strict But Clear Definition of the Church Brings Freedom

By Caleb Greggsen | 08.24.2020

How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?

Build Fences Around Your Flock

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.

Whacking the Wolves

By Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.

What Should I Do With Those Who Are Unable or Unwilling to Attend Church When We Start Gathering?

By Nick Gatzke | 05.19.2020

Gathering together again will be a great joy for many and a unique challenge for some.  Let’s make sure that no one is left behind in the post-Covid church.

Has COVID-19 Made 9Marks Raise the White Flag on Multi-Site and Multi-Service Churches?

By Jonathan Leeman | 05.13.2020

There’s a difference between short-term accommodations and permanent structures.