How to Build a Healthy Church? - A Practical Guide for Deliberate Leadership - Paperback

Mark Dever


Part of Building Healthy Churches series.

In this practical guide, pastors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander have compiled a practical handbook for pastors and church leaders on how to build a healthy church grounded in the gospel.

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How to Build a Healthy Church?

If churches are the dwelling place of God’s Spirit, why are so many built around the strategies of man? Eager for church growth, leaders can be lured by entertaining new schemes, forgetting to keep doctrinal truth as their driving force. Churches must find a way out of the maze of programs and methods and humbly lean on the sufficiency of God’s Word.

How to Build a Healthy Church, a revised and expanded edition of The Deliberate Church, challenges leaders to evaluate their motivations for ministry and provides practical examples of healthy, deliberate leadership. Written as a companion handbook for Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, it covers important topics including membership, worship, responsible evangelism, and church roles. This is more than a step-by-step plan to mimic; it’s a biblical blueprint for pastors, elders, and anyone committed to the church’s vitality.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Gathering the Church 
Chapter 1: The Four Ps
Chapter 2: Beginning the Work
Chapter 3: Doing Responsible Evangelism
Chapter 4: Taking in New Members
Chapter 5: Doing Church Discipline
Section 2: When the Church Gathers
Chapter 6: Understanding the Regulative Principle
Chapter 7: Applying the Regulative Principle
Chapter 8: The Role of the Pastor
Chapter 9: Evangelistic Exposition
Chapter 10: The Roles of Different Gatherings
Chapter 11: The Role of the Ordinances
Chapter 12: Loving Each Other
Chapter 13: Music
Section 3: Gathering Elders
Chapter 14: The Importance of Elders
Chapter 15: Looking for a Few Good Men
Chapter 16: Assessment
Chapter 17: Why Character Is Crucial
Chapter 18: Getting Started
Chapter 19: Staffing
Section 4: When the Elders Gather
Chapter 20: The Word and Prayer
Chapter 21: The Agenda - What to Talk About
Chapter 22: Decision Making – How to Talk about It



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  • Weight : 0.366 kg
  • Dimensions : 21.59 × 13.97 × 1.91 cm
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781433575778
  • Publisher : For The Truth

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