Basics: Understanding the Foundations of a Healthy Church

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  • 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.


Before you continue you should have a basic understanding of the following:

  • Provides a biblical explanation of baptism
  • Explains the meaning of the Lord’s Supper, how it relates to the church’s life together, and who should celebrate it
  • Reveals the congregation’s mission to promote and protect the gospel
  • Shows how church discipline demonstrates love for an individual caught in sin
  • Explores the roles of elders, deacons, members and the congregation
  • Illustrates 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.


Now it’s time to check out of this course!

Course Features

  • Lectures 75
  • Quizzes 12
  • Duration Lifetime access
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 24
  • 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.

JONATHAN LEEMAN (PhD, Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks and is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He is the author of a number of books on the church, including Don’t Fire Your Church Members: The Case for Congregationalism and Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule. Jonathan also teaches at a number of seminaries.
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
ROBERT BRUCE JAMIESON III (PhD candidate, Cambridge) is an affiliated lecturer in New Testament Greek at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, where he lives with his wife and three children. He previously served as an assistant editor for 9Marks, and he is the author of Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership.
H. B. Charles is the pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. You can find him on Twitter at @hrcharlesjr.
Juan Sanchez is the preaching pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. You can find him on Twitter at @manorjuan.
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.
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.
Vance Pitman is the senior pastor of Hope Church Las Vegas.


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