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The Deliberate Church

Mark Dever, & Paul Alexander
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  • Dever and Alexander propose a model of complete reliance and submission to the gospel when building a healthy church. Great resource for pastors, elders, and others interested in the vitality of their church.


  • Authors: 224 pages Mark Dever and Paul Alexander
    Paperback: 224 pages

    Publisher: Crossway (September 9, 2005)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1581347383

    ISBN-13: 978-1581347388

    Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches

    Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

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  • Foreward by D.A. Carson
    Mark's Preface
    Paul's Preface

    Section 1 - Gathering the Church
    Chapter 1 - The Four P's
    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 - The Roles of the Different Gatherings
    Chapter 10 - The Role of the Ordinances
    Chapter 11 - Loving Each Other
    Chapter 12 - Music

    Section 3 - Gathering Elders
    Chapter 13 - The Importance of Elders
    Chapter 14 - Looking for a Few Good Men
    Chapter 15 - Assessment
    Chapter 16 - Why Character Is Crucial
    Chapter 17 - Getting Started
    Chapter 18 - Staffing

    Section 4 - When the Elders Gather
    Chapter 19 - The Word and Prayer
    Chapter 20 - The Agenda: What to Talk About
    Chapter 21 - Decision Making: How To Talk About It


    Appendix: Church Membership Interview Form
    General Index
    Scriptural Index


Mark Dever is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and executive director for 9Marks.
He has written and contributed to several books on church health and church leadership including Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, What is a Healthy Church?, and 12 Challenges Churches Face.

Paul Alexander holds a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and currently serves as contributing editor for 9Marks.