The Pastor (Session I)
The true calling of a minister can be shown by three marks. The minister ought to me to be cross-centered in his message and life. This in turn should lead followers of Christ who are cross- centered. Humility drives the cross-centered lifestyle and it cultivates the rest of the virtues given to the Christian.
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Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, most recently, Compelling Community, Baptist Foundations, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What is a Healthy Church?, and Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill. They have two adult children.