Where Mercy Ministry Fits into the Church

The “Regulated Free Market” Approach to Mercy Ministry

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.26.2012

When it comes to mercy ministry in the church, both the programmed and the organic approaches have their limitations. Here is a third way.

How Do Word and Deed Ministry Fit Together for a Church?

By Tim Keller | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.26.2012

Churches know they are responsible for word ministry. But are they responsible for deed ministry? How do word and deed ministry relate?

Obligation, Stewardship, and the Poor

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 07.01.2012

It’s easy (and biblical) to insist that Christians should “do something about the poor.” But how can we sort out whom we should help, and how much?

How Mercy Serves Evangelism in the Church

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.26.2012

Here are five ways mercy ministry serves and supports a church’s gospel proclamation.

We Need to Be Careful, but We also Need to Care

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.26.2012

Theological nuance is important, but it should never mask disobedience.

Practical Counsel

How to Have Gospel Conversations with Torn Up People

By John Lauber | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.26.2012

How can you talk to someone with whom you seem to have nothing in common? By seeing their life and yours through the lens of the Bible’s grand narrative.

Church Mercy Ministry as Integrated Auxiliary

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.26.2012

If a mercy ministry in your church grows to the point where it needs some real structure, consider making it an “integrated auxiliary.”

How to Start a Mercy Ministry in your Church

By Layla Wilder | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.27.2012

If you want your church to help poor people, decide how you are going to help, find people to serve, and tell them about Jesus as you do.

Compelling Examples

Loving the Unlovely and Unwanted

By David Apple | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.27.2012

This is the story of one urban church’s efforts to serve its community through both mercy and pointing to the source of mercy.

Adopting a School

By J. D. Greear | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.27.2012

Here’s how the Summit Church learned to love their neighbors, and what that did for their witness to their community.

Facing Up to Sex Trafficking

By Justin Holcomb | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.27.2012

Should Christians pass off victims of sexual trafficking to non-Christian counselors? Send them to someone else’s church? What? What should pastors know about this world and what can they do?

Book Review

Book Review: Ministry by His Grace and for His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, ed. by Thomas Ascol and Nathan Finn

Review by Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Mercy Ministry in the Church | 06.27.2012

Tom Nettles deserves to be commended for his faithfulness to the gospel and his commitment to excellence in academic and pastoral ministry.

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Summer 2017
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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

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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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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

September—October 2012
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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

May—June 2011
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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

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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

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Living As a Church

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March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

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February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

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