Review: What Is A Healthy Church Member?

JP: I received Thabiti Anyabwile’s What Is a Healthy Church Member? last week and read it quickly. The book is valuable as it challenges the reader to be a healthy church member. Here are the 10 marks of a healthy church member:

  1. Be genuinely converted (this is actually Mark 4, but it seemed logical to me to make this the first mark!)
  2. Be an expositional listener. I blogged on this several weeks ago here. This mark is perhaps the most complex and bears complete analysis.
  3. Be a biblical theologian
  4. Be gospel saturated
  5. Be evangelistic. Evangelism is not simply the job for the Pastor or for the professional.
  6. Be committed church members of a local congregation
  7. Be open to biblical guidance
  8. Be a growing disciple
  9. Be a humble follower
  10. Be a prayer warrior

Below are two helpful resources on this book. If you would like to borrow my copy ask!

Book Review of Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s New Book by Crossway

Books on church vitality and health have largely been directed toward pastors. I suppose this is wise, for a church with ill-informed leadership is bound to be riddled with problems. Yet the church is more than just its pastors. The whole congregation makes up the body of Christ, and every member carries a certain responsibility in that body. Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s What Is a Healthy Church Member? is a welcome addition to books addressing the health of the church.

An Interview with Thabiti Anyabwile about His New Book, What Is a Healthy Church Member?

What drove you to write What Is a Healthy Church Member?

I wanted to see more Christians understand that the health of their local churches and their personal spiritual health are profoundly connected. The Lord granted me the privilege to serve with the brothers at 9Marks ministries. I’ve had the repeated experience of talking with many pastors who want to lead their churches in healthy directions but who struggle to transfer their ideas and vision to their people in a way that aids reform. But most Christians I know also want to participate in sound, healthy churches. So the problem wasn’t merely or always a problem of resistance, but oftentimes of understanding. It seemed that a companion volume to Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, written for the average person in the pew, could be useful in helping church members support their pastors in strengthening their churches and in helping Christians make their local churches more central to their understanding of what it means to be a healthy Christian.

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