Bob Johnson

Love Your Flock

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020

Of all the places where people should hear that they are loved, they should hear it in the church—especially from their pastor.

Pastoring in a Pandemic Quicktake: Shepherding Lessons Learned in Quarantine

By Bob Johnson | 06.02.2020

Bob Johnson discusses lessons learned about shepherding his flock during the Covid19 pandemic.

How Can We Love Our Non-Christian Neighbors During COVID-19?

By A. Ziafat, B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Tibayan | 05.05.2020

We asked pastors how they’d been serving their non-Christian neighbors since the pandemic disrupted regular ministry.

Pastoring in a Pandemic Episode 1: Shepherding Scattered Sheep with Bob Johnson

By B. Johnson, J. Leeman | 05.01.2020

Jonathan Leeman chats with Bob Johnson, a pastor in the Detroit area, about practical ways he and his elders have tried to shepherd their scattered sheep during COVID-19.

How Can We Care for Our Church Members During COVID-19?

By B. Johnson, C. Mwanza, J. Wiesner, K. Edward Copeland, M. Lohmann, T. Shepherd | 05.01.2020

We asked pastors how they’d been serving their people since the pandemic disrupted regular ministry. 

10 Reasons Why You Should Preach through Romans

By Bob Johnson | 10.25.2019

John Piper waited until the end of his pastoral ministry before he preached through Romans. I didn’t have that much wisdom, so I dove in.

Book Review: Remaining Faithful in Ministry, by John MacArthur

Review by Bob Johnson | 09.19.2019

If you are going to be faithful in ministry you have to preach the gospel clearly. If you preach the gospel clearly, you will be attacked. When you are attacked, you have to resist making ministry about yourself.

Mailbag #85: Should I Baptize Young People in My Congregation? . . . Is Intinction a Biblical Practice?

By B. Johnson, J. Rinne | 06.28.2019

—How should pastors think about baptizing young people? — Is the practice of intinction biblical?

Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.

By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019

— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.

Mailbag #76: The Role of Matthew 18’s “One or Two Witnesses” . . . Must Christians Go to Church Every Sunday? . . . How to Care for an Unwed & Pregnant Member

By B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Martin | 03.01.2019

Three pastors answer one question each about church discipline, church attendance, and caring for a church member who is unwed and pregnant.

The Christian Life Is More Like a Bus Ride Than a Motorcycle Ride

By Bob Johnson | 02.04.2019

Hey pastor, here’s some language I use to help my people understand how the gospel relates to our life together as a single congregation with a single gathering (no multiple services or sites).

Not Satisfied with Our Shepherding Yet—But Doing Much Better than Before

By Bob Johnson | 09.11.2018

Can you imagine what it’s like to go home after a leadership meeting with the knowledge that you were actually fulfilling your God-given mandate?

Book Review: The Mentoring Church, by Phil Newton

Review by Bob Johnson | 03.19.2018

No matter the size of your membership, your church can (and must) pursue leadership training—and this book provides the tools to do it.

Mailbag #69: How Do I Know When It’s Time to Step Down? . . . The Wisdom of Having a Lay Elder in Politics

By B. Johnson, J. Leeman | 12.01.2017

— Ministry is a roller coaster. How do I know if I should step down? — How does a church navigate having a lay elder whose vocation is in politics??

Is It Self-Serving to Teach on Your Own Authority?

By B. Johnson, J. Yong | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

We asked two pastors the question: Is it self-serving to teach on a pastor’s authority? If not, then how should you do it?

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