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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church


By Mark E. Dever


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What makes for a healthy church? A large congregation? Plentiful parking? Vibrant music?

You may have read books on this topic before - but not like this one. This new expanded edition of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is not an instruction manual for church growth. It is a pastor’s recommendation of how to assess the health of your church using nine crucial qualities that are neglected by many of today’s churches.

Whether you’re a church leader or an involved member of your congregation, you can help cultivate these elements in your church, bringing it new life and health for God’s glory.


“If you are a Christian leader, be careful of the work you are now holding in your hand: it may change your life and ministry.”
— D.A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“This is a foundational work which I highly recommend.”
— John MacArthur

“I want God’s word about the church. I turn with hope and confidence to Mark Dever’s radically biblical commitment. Few people today have thought more or better about what makes a church biblical and healthy.”
— John Piper
Pastor for Preaching, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

“This is the best book I have read on this topic of critical importance.”
— C.J. Mahaney
Sovereign Grace Ministries

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is required reading for my students in ecclesiology.”
— Paige Patterson
President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“[This book] belongs in the hands of every faithful pastor and all those who pray for reformation in this age.”
— R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is a biblical prescription for faithfulness.”
— J. Ligon Duncan III
Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson MS

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