Getting a Vision for the Parachurch

Nine Marks of a Healthy Parachurch Ministry

By J. Mack Stiles | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

A healthy parachurch ministry knows that it exists primarily to protect the church.

How Parachurch Ministries Go Off the Rails

By Carl Trueman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

The parachurch is not the church. It does not do what the church does, and it should not supplant the church in the minds and lives of those involved in its work.

Are Parachurch Ministries Evil? Bad and Good Arguments for the Parachurch

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

The failure of particular local churches may be the best, most enduring reason for the need for solid, gospel-centered, evangelistic parachurch ministries.

Helping Church and Parachurch Work Together

For the Church: Which Parachurch Ministries Should You Support?

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

Don’t support just any parachurch organization. Instead, use them to support efforts, individuals or teams that you trust.

For the Church: How Can You Support Parachurch Ministries?

By Jeramie Rinne | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

The most vital thing we can do to help the parachurch is to foster healthy, biblical churches.

Praying for Parachurch Ministries

By D. A. Carson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

Should there be any difference between the way we pray for a local church and the way we pray for a parachurch organization? No and yes.

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.

Miscellaneous Book Reviews

Book Review: Almost Christian, by Kenda Dean

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 02.18.2011

This book is worth your time as a penetrating indictment of quasi-Christianity and a source of some helpful advice about how to fight back.

Book Review: The God Who Is There, by D. A. Carson

Review by Nicholas Piotrowski | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

This is biblical theology that “understand[s] the life of the Church as well as the way life in the postmodern world works.” It joins only a few like it.

Book Review: Following Jesus, the Servant King, by Jonathan Lunde

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 02.18.2011

This book is an illuminating exposition of much crucial biblical material that bears on discipleship.

Book Review: The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 02.02.2011

I celebrate the willingness to throw anything overboard that gets in the way of reaching others with the gospel, but I fear some of what’s getting tossed is actually precious cargo.

Book Review: Christ-Centered Worship, by Bryan Chapell

Review by Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 01.31.2011

If you are a pastor or church leader with responsibilities for worship or want to better understand this massive topic in Scripture, you should read this book.

Book Review: Wired for Intimacy, by William Struthers

Review by Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 01.31.2011

Struthers’ research helps us to understand how pornography rewires the brain.

The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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Pastoring Singles

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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

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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
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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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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
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Deacons

May—June 2010
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A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

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

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

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