The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel

By Mark Dever, Paul Alexander

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Format: Paperback

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The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel

By Mark Dever, Paul Alexander

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Dever and Alexander propose a model of complete reliance and submission to the gospel when building a healthy church. Great resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church.


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.

Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church in Elgin, Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Laurie, and their six children.

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 11.11 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-58134-738-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-58134-738-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781581347388
Case Quantity: 56
Published: September 30, 2005


"Here is one of the most faithful and insightful pastors of our time, addressing the most crucial issues of church life. Mark Dever refuses to separate theology and congregational life, combining pastoral insight with clear biblical teaching. This book is a powerful antidote to the merely pragmatic approaches of our day-and a refutation to those who argue that theology just isn't practical."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This book is the perfect example of what a truly practical book on church health and growth should be-it gives concrete guidance for and examples of biblical principles being put into practice in the life and ministry of the local congregation."
Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

"Rare indeed are books on the church that begin with the Gospel. Rarer still are books that derive methodology for building the church from the Gospel. This excellent book does both."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church, Louisville, Kentucky

"The Deliberate Church shares many of the ministry lessons that Dr. Dever and his colleagues have learned from Scripture and sought to implement in the life of their church community. This book is for anyone who wants to get serious about following the biblical pattern for the church and is looking for down-to-earth practical help."
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

"Here is a novel idea: use the Bible as a handbook to gather and guide the church! And The Deliberate Church is a novel volume indeed, standing amid the spate of 'church-as-corporation, pastor-as-CEO' manuals that glut church life. Here is a book that wafts a radical, refreshing breeze from the pages of Scripture that will breathe life into the church. A crucial read."
R. Kent HughesSenior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois