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FORTHCOMING TITLE, ETA SEPTEMBER 2021
A Newly Updated and Rebranded Edition ofThe Deliberate Church
In the process of building a church, there are many things to consider—who will the elders be? How many seats should the sanctuary have? What type of music will the musicians play? Even more important—how do leaders ensure that the church is centered on the gospel?
In this practical guide, pastors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander have compiled a handbook for pastors and church leaders on how to build a healthy church grounded in the gospel. The authors offer a helpful framework for building this type of ministry: laying the groundwork (evangelism, new membership, church discipline), structuring the gathering (preaching, worship, ordinances), designating the elders (their importance, requirements, and installation), and encouraging devotion to prayer and God’s word. A companion resource to Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, this practical guide presents new and seasoned pastors alike with a vision of the church deliberately structured to display God’s glory.
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