The Compelling Community Study Guide

By Mark Dever, Jamie Dunlop

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A Companion Study Guide to The Compelling Community, Great for Individuals, Small Groups, and More

In The Compelling Community, pastors Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop cast a captivating vision for authentic fellowship in the local church that goes beyond small groups, arguing that true fellowship is made up of two crucial ingredients: commitment (depth) and diversity (breadth). Theologically rooted yet extremely practical, The Compelling Community sets forth basic principles that will help churches become the compelling community that we all long for.

This companion study guide covers all 12 chapters of The Compelling Community, featuring the main idea of each chapter, a Bible passage to study, prayer prompts, and suggestions for further reading. With questions for reflection and discussion, The Compelling Community Study Guide will help spark conversation and encourage readers to reflect on biblical truth about authentic fellowship within the local church. 

Study Guide FAQ

  • Interactive: Includes questions and Bible verses for guided study and discussion
  • Accessible Resource for Churches: Helps pastors and congregations think deeply about community within the church
  • For Individuals and Groups Alike: Perfect for small groups, Bible studies, or individuals looking to learn more about what the Bible has to say about community
  • Companion Study Guide: Designed to be used alongside The Compelling Community by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop


Mark Dever

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks ( Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Connie, and they have two adult children.

Jamie Dunlop

Jamie Dunlop has served as an associate pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church since 2009. Prior to that, he managed a line of business for a large management consultancy. He is the coauthor (with Mark Dever) of The Compelling Community.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 64
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8828-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8828-0
ISBN-UPC: 9781433588280
Case Quantity: 10
Published: May 23, 2023

Table of Contents

How to Use This Study Guide 

Part 1: A Vision for Community
Chapter 1: Two Visions of Community
Chapter 2: A Community Given by God
Chapter 3: Community Runs Deep
Chapter 4: Community Goes Broad

Part 2: Fostering Community
Chapter 5: Preach to Equip Your Community
Chapter 6: Pray Together as a Community
Chapter 7: Build a Culture of Spiritually Intentional Relationships
Chapter 8: Structural Obstacles to Biblical Community

Part 3: Protecting Community
Chapter 9: Addressing Discontentment in the Church
Chapter 10: Addressing Sin in the Church

Part 4: Community at Work
Chapter 11: Evangelize as a Community
Chapter 12: Fracture Your Community (for the Community of Heaven)