I just read one of Mark Dever’s most recent books, “What is a Healthy Church. Dever serves as pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC and heads up 9 Marks. The short 126 page book aims to bring the information from his larger work, “The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church” to a more popular audience. Arranged in three parts, he first covers the larger question, “What is a Healthy Church. He then sets the nine marks under two heads – “essential” and “important” marks. “Essential marks of a healthy church;” include a biblical understanding of expository preaching, biblical theology, and the gospel. He lists conversion, evangelism, membership, church discipline, discipleship, and leadership as “important marks” of a healthy church. In between each section, Dever folds in a couple of “quick tips” which include, “If you are looking to leave a church…” and “How to find a good church.”
I think the work would have been strengthened by a study guide at the end of each chapter to aid in small group discussions. Its a great book to use for that purpose. Overall its a great little book to pass along to church members.