What Ties Churches Together?

A Church and Churches: Independence

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

To understand how local churches relate to each other we first need to ask, who holds the keys?

A Church and Churches: Integration

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

Local churches have the same Christ, same confession, and same commission. Here are ten practical implications of these connections.

Testing the Glue that Binds Churches Together

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

In an allegedly post-denominational age, what binds churches together? Does that glue work?

Cooperative Ministry in the New Testament

By Chad Brand | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Share, help, support, send—New Testament churches cooperated in all these ways and more. We should too.

How Can Churches Work Together?

When Disaster Strikes: How Other Churches Helped Ours

By Toby Jenkins | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

On March 2, 2012, this church’s town was flattened by a tornado. But other area churches sprang to their aid and set an example for all of us.

Why I Pray Publicly for Other Churches

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Why pray publicly for other churches? To crucify the spirit of competition, to show we’re on the same team, and to strengthen friendships.

Churches Cooperating in Pastoring

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Sometimes shepherds need to get on the phone in order to care together for straying sheep.

Churches Cooperating in Missions

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

You cannot cooperate with everyone in the work of missions, but when you do, you help to clarify the gospel.

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.

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Imperative of Preaching, by John Carrick

Review by David King | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 03.28.2013

If you love biblical theology, if preaching in light of redemptive history is your jet fuel, if the gospel is life to you and not just a trendy buzzword, then you really need to read this book.

Book Review: Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being, by Zack Eswine

Review by Kevin Wilkening | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 04.17.2013

This book reminds you that you are not God, and yet you are gloriously human—just what God created you to be.

Book Review: Pastoral Leadership Is…, by Dave Earley

Review by Colin Adams | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 04.15.2013

Something is wrong with pastoral ministry—at least Dave Earley thinks so.

Book Review: Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, by John Piper

Review by Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 04.04.2013

This book will provide a laser-sharp vision for a young pastor just getting his feet wet in the ministry.

Book Review: The Creedal Imperative, by Carl Trueman

Review by Peter Hess | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 03.22.2013

Trueman demonstrates both the value of creeds and confessions for the life of the local church and the serious consequences that follow if we refuse to make our doctrinal beliefs explicit in writing.

Pastors’ Forum: Are Denominations Worth It?

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

9Marks asked a roundtable of pastors the same question: Are denominations worth it? Here are their answers. Tom Ascol Are denominations worth it? That depends on what your definition of “it” is. It is obviously valuable to cooperate for common causes that are germane to their mission. The New Testament points to the financial cooperation […]

Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013

Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013

Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013

Church and Churches

May—June 2013

Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013

Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012

Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012

Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012

Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012

The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012

Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012

Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011

The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011

Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011

Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011

Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011

Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010

Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010

Pastoring Women

July—August 2010


May—June 2010

A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009


July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastor’s Wives

July—August 2008

Living As a Church

May–June 2008


March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007


May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

December 1999