Who's in Charge of the Church?

By Sam Emadi

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Practical Advice on Biblical Church Leadership and Membership

God created his church to be a covenant of love and service among believers. It’s an ideal design for fellowship, but one that’s pushed to the side in the busyness of church life. How can congregations be sure to embrace God’s purpose for them?

In the short book Who’s in Charge of the Church?, Sam Emadi explains that church polity isn’t just transactional; it’s meant to be transformative. He describes how churches should reflect biblical authority, particularly members’ responsibilities to one another, their elders, and deacons. Emadi’s direction helps provide clarity for congregations, showing them how to operate within God’s perfect design and grow stronger in their love for Christ.

  • Short, Accessible Format: Concise, biblical advice on improving church structure
  • Holistic Advice: Helps members and leaders make godly decisions about membership, doctrine, and discipline
  • A Great Resource for Church Leadership Teams: A convenient, valuable discussion tool for your group

Author:

Sam Emadi

Sam Emadi (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor at Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and as an editor at 9Marks.

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Counseling
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 64
Size: 4.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 1.63 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7871-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7871-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433578717
Case Quantity: 10
Published: June 28, 2022

Endorsements

“Christians are pressed by very real questions. How does Scripture structure a church, order worship, organize ministry, and define biblical leadership? Those are just examples of the questions that are answered clearly, carefully, and winsomely in this new series from 9Marks. I am so thankful for this ministry and for its incredibly healthy and hopeful influence in so many faithful churches. I eagerly commend this series.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Centennial Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Sincere questions deserve thoughtful answers. If you’re not sure where to start in answering these questions, let this series serve as a diving board into the pool. These minibooks are winsomely to-the-point and great to read together with one friend or one hundred friends.”
Gloria Furman, author, Alive in Him and Labor with Hope

“As a pastor, I get asked lots of questions. I’m approached by unbelievers seeking to understand the gospel, new believers unsure about next steps, and maturing believers wanting help answering questions from their Christian family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. It’s in these moments that I wish I had a book to give them that was brief, answered their questions, and pointed them in the right direction for further study. Church Questions is a series that provides just that. Each booklet tackles one question in a biblical, brief, and practical manner. The series may be called Church Questions, but it could be called ‘Church Answers.’ I intend to pick these up by the dozens and give them away regularly. You should too.”
Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; author, The Leadership Formula

“Where can we Christians find reliable answers to our common questions about life together at church—without having to plow through long, expensive books? The Church Questions booklets meet our need with answers that are biblical, thoughtful, and practical. For pastors, this series will prove a trustworthy resource for guiding church members toward deeper wisdom and stronger unity.”
Ray Ortlund, President, Renewal Ministries