What Is a Healthy Church?

By Mark Dever

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What Is a Healthy Church?

By Mark Dever

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Key Traits of a Healthy Church to Develop within the Local Body

What is an ideal church, and how can you tell? How does it look different from other churches? More importantly, how does it act differently, especially in society? Many of us aren’t sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived ideas. This book answers those questions and many more.

Author Mark Dever seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, and a right understanding of the gospel. Dever then calls us to develop those characteristics in our own churches. By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing all members of the church, pastors and laity alike, Dever challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church. Part of the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series, What Is a Healthy Church? offers timeless truths and practical principles to help each of us fulfill our God-given roles in the body of Christ.

  • Offers an Ideal Church Model: Encourages pastors and members to implement healthy church qualities within their local body
  • Written by Mark Dever: Pastor, bestselling author, and president of 9Marks
  • From 9Marks: Other titles in the Building Healthy Churches series include Church DisciplineDeacons; and Church Membership 
  • Replaces ISBN 978-1-58134-937-5


Mark Dever

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks (9Marks.org). 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.

Product Details

Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 128
Size: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 7.17 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8832-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8832-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433588327
Published: October 08, 2024

Table of Contents

Preface: A Parable 
Introduction: What Are You Looking for in a Church? 

Part 1: What Is a Healthy Church? 
Chapter 1: Your Christianity and Your Church 
Chapter 2: What a Church Is . . . and Isn’t 
Chapter 3: What Every Church Should Aspire to Be: Healthy 
Chapter 4: The Ultimate How-to Guide: How to Display God’s Character 

Part 2: Essential Marks of a Healthy Church 
Chapter 5: Expositional Preaching 
Chapter 6: Biblical Theology 
Chapter 7: A Biblical Understanding of the Good News 

Part 3: Important Marks of a Healthy Church 
Chapter 8: A Biblical Understanding of Conversion 
Chapter 9: A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism 
Chapter 10: A Biblical Understanding of Membership 
Chapter 11: Biblical Church Discipline 
Chapter 12: Biblical Discipleship and Growth 
Chapter 13: Biblical Church Leadership 
Chapter 14: Conclusion: Where the Rubber Meets the Road 

Appendix: A Typical Covenant of a Healthy Church
Special Thanks