Class IV: Corporate Prayer

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

Given how central prayer is to our lives as Christians, it makes sense that prayer is a vital part of building unity in our church.

Why (and How) Your Church Should Hold the 1689 Confession

By Sam Waldron | 02.26.2010

Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church? Yes, and here’s why.

Cleaning Up the Rolls

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 02.26.2010

Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence. Yet before you sweep things clean, consider both why and how this should be done.

Cleaning Up the Rolls (Part 2): The Care List

By Matt Schmucker | 02.26.2010

Why go to all this trouble? Too many times, we had seen Satan exploit the newness or suddenness of a motion for discipline in our meetings.

Moving Toward Meaningful Membership

By David King | 02.26.2010

Hebrews 13:17 haunts me.

Let’s Just Admit It: Church Discipline Is a Tough Subject

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.26.2010

Church discipline is tough because it feels like the opposite of salvation. It feels like anti-salvation.

1st Mark of a Healthy Church MEMBER: Expositional LISTENING

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 02.26.2010

What we are listening for when the Word is preached is not primarily “practical how-to advice.”

Separating Insiders and Outsiders

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 02.26.2010

How should we evaluate different prescriptions for a successful church? How can we tell what’s good advice and what’s worthy of the so-called circular file?

Informed Consent: Biblical and Legal Protection for Church Discipline

By Ken Sande | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

By updating your governing documents with these kinds of provisions, you can strengthen your ability to obey God’s command to restore straying sheep.

Discipline in the Mainline – Is it Possible or Even Wise?

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 02.25.2010

Discipline is possible, on a congregational and on a denomination-wide level. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. But it is rare and difficult.

Clouds on the Horizon

By Matt Chandler | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.25.2010

When we researched multi-site churches we had a hard time pinpointing concerns with it because in all the reading we did we rarely came across two churches that do it the same way.

Polity on Church Discipline: A User’s Guide

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 02.25.2010

If you’re a pastor trying to obey Jesus by implementing church discipline, there are few books that will aid you the way Polity will.

“Don’t do it!!” Why You Shouldn’t Practice Church Discipline

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

When pastors first discover church discipline in the Bible, I often tell them: “Don’t do it . . . at least not yet.”

Before You Discipline, Teach This First

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

What might not be so obvious is that a pastor needs to teach the church about more than just church discipline before they’re ready for discipline.

Those Toxic Non-Attenders

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 02.25.2010

Christians have been adopted into the body of Christ. Non-attenders act as if they are orphans.