John Joseph

Church Planting Roundtable: Counting the Cost 

By C. Greggsen, J. Joseph, J. Chatman, T. Ross, W. Forrest, Z. San | 9Marks Journal: Church Planting | 10.19.2023

Six church planters—national and international—explain how they wish they had counted the cost, which yields counsel for the rest of us.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Advice for Members on Church Plants

By John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Planting | 10.11.2023

Here are four clear reasons why you should consider not joining a new church plant.

Preacher, What’s on Your Kids Menu?

By John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: The Church's Ministries | 11.28.2022

We want our kids to know that the church is for them, Jesus is for them, and eternal life is for them, so let’s speak to them in our sermons.

Book Review: Why Church? by Scott Sunquist

Review by John Joseph | 07.09.2020

Why do local churches exist? Sunquist provides a memorable but problematic answer.

Episode 114: On Pastoring Difficult Members

Episode 114: On Pastoring Difficult Members (with Nathan Knight & John Joseph)

By J. Joseph, J. Leeman, M. Dever, N. Knight | 02.11.2020

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman chats with Mark Dever, John Joseph, and Nathan Knight about a topic every pastor knows well: how to care for difficult people.

Book Review: Side by Side, by Ed Welch

Review by John Joseph | 05.02.2019

Welch teaches us how to become more skillful at greeting others, at asking thoughtful questions, at drawing out people’s stories, and how to be present during suffering and prepared to talk about sin.

Mailbag #80: Should Pastors Discuss Past Sins? . . . Should Believers Ever Abstain from Communion? . . . Conducting Membership Interviews for Single Women

By D. King, J. Joseph, M. McKinley | 04.12.2019

— How much should a pastor share about past sins? — When should believer’s abstain from the Lord’s Supper? — Should women do membership interviews for single women?

Book Review: Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, by Aubrey Malphurs

Review by John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

This perspective on what it takes to plant a church is simply overwhelming, and worse than that, it’s not biblical.

Book Review: Proliferate: A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches, by Jason Crandall

Review by John Joseph | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

As long as you’re aware of its errors, this book offers insights for the prospective church planter.