Doctrine of the Church

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The goal of this course is to provide a biblical, theological, and practical explanation of the local church. Particular attention will be given to understanding the centrality of the local church to the Christian life, congregational rule within canonical perspective, the relationship between congregational rule and elder leadership, a baptistic understanding of the ordinances, how these polity distinctives are conducive to a culture of discipleship, and the importance and unimportance of contextualization. Though grounded in academic study, this course does not target academics, but pastors/elders and engaged church members.

Course Features

  • Lectures 15
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration Lifetime access
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 718
  • Assessments Yes

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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  • Caleb Lenard

    Excellent Course

    I am a pastor in the Des Moines Iowa area. I'm a graduate of Southern Seminary's Doctor of Educational Ministry program and took this course for two reasons: as a refresher for myself and as our church is working on building more intentional elder training, we are looking for quality, accessible resources particularly for training lay elders. This course is gold. We're excited to use it in the future as a staple of our developing curriculum. Thank you for this excellent and much needed resource for churches!