Basics: Understanding the Foundations of a Healthy Church


  • Biblically rooted and gospel-centered
  • Leader guide
  • Individual study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth
  • Six sessions with group and personal study

Target audiences

  • Discipleship Class
  • Adults
  • Basics

God cares about His glory, and He wants to display His glory through the church. God’s revelation, purpose, and will are perfect. However, because He’s chosen to involve His people in His work, carrying out His mission includes our organization and effort. For this reason, it’s imperative that we understand the basics of church. A comprehensive and rich understanding of the church, its organization, and its practices strengthens our service and ministry as the body of Christ on earth.


Course Objectives:

  • Provide a biblical explanation of baptism
  • Explain the meaning of the Lord’s Supper, how it relates to the church’s life together, and who should celebrate it
  • Reveal the congregation’s mission to promote and protect the gospel
  • Show how church discipline demonstrates love for an individual caught in sin
  • Explore the roles of elders, deacons, members and the congregation
  • Illustrate how God intends to fulfill the Great Commission through local churches

  • Give group members a better understanding of church basics for more effective ministry.
  • Expose individuals to a biblical model of church that confronts more casual and even inaccurate understandings.
  • Help group members understand the meaning and importance of baptism.


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Course Features

  • Lectures 75
  • Quizzes 12
  • Duration Lifetime access
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 408
  • Assessments Yes

MARK DEVER (PhD, Cambridge) is the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and the president of 9Marks. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Church: The Gospel Made Visible and Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus.

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JONATHAN LEEMAN is the editorial director for 9Marks. After doing undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, Jonathan began his career in journalism where he worked as an editor for an international economics magazine in Washington, D.C. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity and a Ph.D. in theology and worked as an interim pastor. Today he edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal and is the co-host of Pastors Talk. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of a number of books. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC and serves as an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church. He teaches adjunctively at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Reformed Theological Seminary.
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PHILIP NATION (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a publishing leader, a pastor, and an author. His latest book is Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out. He regularly blogs about faith, life, and leadership at
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BOBBY JAMIESON serves as an associate pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. His pastoral responsibilities include preaching and teaching, overseeing the church's pastoral internship, and facilitating church planting and revitalizing in the DC area. Originally from California, Bobby came to CHBC as a pastoral intern in 2008, then worked for 9Marks as an editor for several years. He has an MDiv and ThM from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from the University of Cambridge, where he also taught Greek. Bobby and his wife, Kristin, have four children, Rose, Lucy, William, and Margaret. Bobby is the author of several books, including Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God, Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership, Jesus' Death and Heavenly Offering in Hebrews, The Paradox of Sonship: Christology in The Epistle to the Hebrews, and The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring.
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H. B. Charles is the pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. You can find him on Twitter at @hrcharlesjr.
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Juan Sanchez is the preaching pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. You can find him on Twitter at @manorjuan.
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Michael Kelley works for Lifeway Christian Resources and is an elder at Grace Community Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. You can find him on Twitter at @_MichaelKelley.
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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the founder of Replicate Ministries. You can find him on Twitter at @RGallaty.
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Vance Pitman is the senior pastor of Hope Church Las Vegas.