How to Build a Healthy Church

A Practical Guide for Deliberate Leadership

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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 (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.
Churches must find a way out of the maze of programs and methods and humbly lean on the sufficiency of God’s Word. This book urges leaders to examine their motives for ministry and offers practical illustrations of healthy and purposeful leadership.

The book encompasses significant subjects such as preaching, membership, worship, evangelism, and church roles, presenting not just a mere imitation guide but a biblical blueprint for pastors, elders, and all those dedicated to the church's growth.

How to Build a Healthy Church gives concrete guidance and examples of biblical principles being put into practice in life and ministry.
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Additional Resources

1. Rediscover Church – Gospel Bites 

This video series help us consider assumptions we have of the church. Chris A. takes us through the church's identity, characteristics, function, and purpose. He also discusses the necessity of membership and physical gathering. "Rediscover Church" by Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman is the free ebook of the month.

2. Distinctive Christian Leadership - Gospel Bites

Crawford Loritts shares his perspective on Christian leadership for faithful implementation of God's assignments. He draws attention to a God-centred worldview of Christian leadership primarily concerned with leader development. Watch Crawford as he unpacks four common character traits observed among faithful servants of God.

3. Dear Pastor . . . When You Wonder How You’ll Make It, Remember This -  An Article by Zack Eswine

This article is a heartfelt message addressed to a pastor, urging them to remember and embrace God's steadfast love. The writer emphasises the transformative power of knowing and experiencing God's love, which sustains and empowers pastors in their long and fruitful ministry.

4. Download the book "How to Build a Healthy Church (如何建造一间健康教会)" in Simplified Chinese for free.