Bob Johnson

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?

Not Satisfied with our Shepherding, Yet—But Making Some Progress

By Bob Johnson | 04.18.2016

We are still not satisfied with our shepherding, but we are grateful for the progress that we are making.

Does Anyone Know Robert? Rules of Order in Church Members’ Meetings

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.29.2016

Rules of order help to ensure that members’ meetings flow smoothly. As formal as they might feel, in a church of any size, they help to prevent fights, and facilitate unity.

Book Review: Spurgeon’s Sorrows, by Zack Eswine

Review by Bob Johnson | 01.20.2016

Zack Eswine is not a stranger to sorrow and it shows. The tenderness in his heart has spotted and exposed the tenderness in Spurgeon. May God use this book to help all of us pastor more like Jesus.

Book Review: Pray for the Flock, by Brian Croft and Ryan Fullerton

Review by Bob Johnson | 10.29.2015

As a whole, this book is more practical than profound, but that really is the point. We tend to talk a lot more about prayer than actually pray.

The Value and Challenge of Sermon Review

By Bob Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.11.2015

I do not preach exactly the same way that I used to, and I hope that ten years from now I will not preach exactly as I do now.

Pastors’ Forum: How do you equip women in your church for ministry?

By B. Johnson, D. Furman, G. Conner, J. Rinne, J. Sanchez, M. McConnell, M. McKinley, P. Martin, R. Fullerton, T. Mercer | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.19.2015

How do you equip women in your church for ministry?

Maintaining Intimacy with God in Ministry

By Bob Johnson | 01.29.2015

It is one thing to say that the ground is level at the foot of the cross and another thing to stand there next to everyone else.

Not Satisfied with Our Shepherding . . . Yet

By Bob Johnson | 10.22.2014

Church membership is not primarily for recruiting volunteers to make ministries run better. Church membership is a commitment to help one another make it to heaven.

A Tale of Two Pastoral Transitions

By Bob Johnson | 08.26.2014

The truth is, we are keeping the pulpit straight and true for the next guy.

Questions for a Potential Pastor’s Wife

By Bob Johnson | 08.22.2014

There is no office of “pastor’s wife” in the Bible. But practically, being married to a pastor is a tough role. Does your wife have what it takes?

Shepherding a Church through the Loss of a Shepherd

By Bob Johnson | 08.22.2014

He was a pastor who needed a pastor, a brother who needed a brother.

Leading the Church While Leading your Family

By Bob Johnson | 08.22.2014

Can we really be effective pastors and good husbands and dads? Do we really have to choose between the church and our family?

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