I know that you want to change lives. I understand that you care deeply for people, but that you can find it frustrating to obtain equipping that helps you truly to care like Christ.
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I’m passionate about equipping you to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth through Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed biblical counseling.
That’s why this site offers daily blog posts, hundreds of free resources, book reviews, links to other ministries, Christian Best of Guides, and much more–all designed to equip you to relate God’s truth to your daily life and ministry.
That’s why I authored the following 14 books: Soul Physicians, Spiritual Friends, Beyond the Suffering, Sacred Friendships, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, Equipping Counselors for Your Church, Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure, Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling, Scripture and Counseling, Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives, Biblical Counseling and the Church, Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life.
That’s why I offer “4E” Consulting to empower churches and para-churches to equip their people for one another ministry.
That’s why I offer seminars, in-services, and conferences around the country on Gospel-Centered Counseling: How to Care Like Christ, Heroes of the Black Church, Women Heroes of the Faith, Cultivating Christlike Intercultural Relational Competencies, and God’s Healing for Life’s Losses.
About RPM Ministries
Most Christians care deeply but struggle to speak the truth in love. RPM Ministries exists to equip pastors, lay people, educators, students, and biblical counselors to change lives with Christ’s changeless truth through Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed biblical counseling.
Founded and directed by yours truly, my associates and I speak, write, and consult to empower the church and para-church to care like Christ. As a result, God’s people enter deeply into one another’s lives and make a significant difference in the lives of hurting and hardened people.
RPM is our acrostic for Resurrection Power Multipliers. We based this concept on Paul’s prayer in Philippians 3:10: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering.” As believers in Christ, we have within us the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:15-23). God calls us to commune with Christ, connect to one another in the Body of Christ, and thus to tap into, avail ourselves of, and apply Christ’s resurrection power in our lives and ministries to glorify God.
More About Bob (That’s Me)
I am the Pastor of Counseling and Equipping at Bethel Church in 4 locations in northwest Indiana. I also serve as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Academic Dean at Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana.
I also had the joy of serving for over five years as the founding Executive Director for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. The BCC’s vision is to promote collaborative relationships and provide robust, relevant resources for all those committed to biblical counseling. The BCC’s passion is to promote personal change centered on the Person of Christ through the personal ministry of the Word.
I served for seventeen years as the founding Chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship (MACCD) Department at Capital Bible Seminary. Through the MACCD, by God’s grace I’ve equipped 1,000s of pastors, church leaders, and professional counselors for biblical ministry.
In my three pastoral ministries (one as Sr. Pastor and two as Associate Pastor), I’ve equipped 100s of lay people as biblical counselors and spiritual friends. In each church, I’ve launched and led the “LEAD Ministry”: Life Encouragers And Disciplers.”
In my role as Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries, I focus on a Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed approach to equipping local churches for biblical counseling and spiritual formation. Through RPM Ministries, I’ve consulted with scores of churches and para-church groups, walking them through his “4E” model for launching and leading equipping ministries.
I received my BA in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA), my Th.M. in Theology and Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN), and my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Kent State University (Kent, OH).
I’ve authored over 100 published articles. I’m also the author of fourteen books: Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction (BMH Books), Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction (BMH Books), Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction (Baker Books), Sacred Friendships: Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith (BMH Books), God’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting (BMH Books), Equipping Counselors for Your Church (P & R Books), and Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure (P & R Books), Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes (P & R Books), Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House), Scripture and Counseling (Zondervan), Biblical Counseling and the Church (Zondervan), Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives (Zondervan), Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ, and Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life.
Shirley, my wife of thirty-seven years, and I live in Crown Point, IN. We’re the parents of two adult children. Josh is married to Andi, and is a lawyer. They are the proud parents (and we are the proud grandparents) of Naomi, Penny., and Phoebe. Marie works in the field of Public Health. Shirley is a retired kindergarten teacher and now serves a part-time Reading Specialist. She is also the most gracious, patient, kind, and Christ-like person I have ever known.
In my free time, I run daily, enjoy reading, love sports, and Shirley and I enjoy hosting parties large and small for family, friends, and our church–Bethel Church.