The Main Gathering

A Foolproof Discipling Program: Corporate Worship

By John Sarver | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

The Sunday gathering is the primary discipler of a local congregation because of what it proclaims and the pattern it sets.

Moving Away from Music-Specific Services

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Music-specific services actively promote division in the body of Christ.

The Empty Promises of a Busy Schedule

By Justin Perdue | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

A busy ministry calendar can distract and exhaust the saints more than it establishes them in the faith and furthers the church’s mission.

Catering to Ministry Consumers

By Josh Hayward | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

What you feed people with is what they’ll continue to hunger for.

Children's Ministry

Preacher, What’s on Your Kids Menu?

By John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 11.28.2022

We want our kids to know that the church is for them, Jesus is for them, and eternal life is for them, so let’s speak to them in our sermons.

Children’s Ministry Is NOT the Church

By Nathan Loudin | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.12.2022

It’s best not to think of children’s ministry as part of the church. Instead, think of it as a mission field.

Why a Pastor Should Care about Children’s Ministry

By Ed Moore | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

We as pastors should never fall into the trap of thinking we are above caring for the souls of young children.

Why Parents Are the Primary Spiritual Caregivers of Their Children

By Rhys Plant | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Equip the saints for the work of the ministry by helping parents disciple their children toward maturity.

How to Select Children’s Curriculum

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Don’t skimp on theology when it comes to your church’s curriculum for children. The ultimate goal is to help our children to know God.

Paul Was a Youth Pastor

By M. Redfern, S. Emadi | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Paul teaches kids the Bible and applies it to their lives, teaches in a way that leads children back to the authority of their parents, and equips parents to effectively disciple their children.

5 Steps for Preventing Abuse in Children’s Ministry

By Chad Holmgren | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Given the prevalence of child abuse in our society, a church should never assume abuse could not happen in its children’s ministry.

Age-Specific Ministry

Risks and Benefits of Age-Specific Ministry

By Jason Seville | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.13.2022

May we faithfully consider how to leverage “age and stage” for gospel purposes while avoiding the prevalent pitfalls.

How to Redeem Your Singles Ministry

By John Lee | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.14.2022

How do you care for the singles of your church without them feeling like they’re attending a Christian speed-dating event?

Raising the Cane: Refreshing Your Seniors’ Ministry

By Will Pareja | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Whether you’re a pastor or a deacon responsible for the care of senior saints, here are some suggestions on refreshing them in Christ.

Our Main Goals for Youth Ministry

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Foster a culture of discipling with the teenagers. Build a bridge from the rest of the church into their lives.

Small Groups

Small Groups: Thoroughfares not Cul-De-Sacs

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.12.2022

Community building is a fruitful but risky strategy for a church. They can encourage members but also morph into cul-de-sacs of complacency.

How Small Groups Can Foster Church Unity . . . Or Destroy It

By Dave Russell | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Small groups have the potential to be a tool for maintaining church unity—when they are led wisely.

Parachurch, Not Parachute: Advantages and Disadvantages of Extra-Church Bible Studies and Fellowships

By Sam Crites | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

The key to healthy parachurch ministry is to make sure its ultimate goal is to support and encourage healthy churches.

Why an Elder Should Oversee the Bookstall

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

When your church’s bookstall overseer isn’t feeding the sheep healthy food, they’re working against the digestion of the church’s entire teaching ministry.

Spotting, Assessing, and Training Leaders for Church Ministries

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

We need to find and train leaders. But how?

Gender-Specific Ministry

How to Encourage Women’s Discipling

By Madison Hetzler | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

Let what happens on Sunday spill over into the rest of the week. Share a church pew, then start sharing dinner tables, sidewalks, and car rides.

Why Pastors Should Oversee Women’s Ministry

By Camryn Zamora | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.15.2022

When our pastors oversee women’s ministry, it doesn’t indicate distrust, but rather that when the wolves attack, the shepherds will bear the brunt, not the sheep.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Build on Jesus, by Deepak Reju & Marty Machowski

Review by Connie Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 12.07.2022

‘Build on Jesus’ is a book that can help you build tomorrow’s healthy church today.

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Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry

October 2021
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The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff

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Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory

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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

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What’s Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

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Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

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The Reformation and Your Church

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