But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Practical Shepherding - Apologetic Report

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You heard right!  August 12-15, Brian Croft will be traveling to Alabama and is doing 4 half day church revitalization conferences in 4 days in 4 different major cities in Alabama.  Additionally, each of these Practical Shepherding Revitalization Conference are sponsored by the Alabama...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 22:12

How are pastors to do the work of an evangelist?

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What role does the pastor play in the church’s work of evangelism? What does Scripture say about the pastor in relation to the work of evangelism?

How does pastoral evangelism relate to the church’s tendency toward apostasy? What does pastoral evangelism look like in the context of the...

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Sunday, 12 May 2019 12:45

What is a Gospel-spreading local church?

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image Two weeks ago our church, Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, KY ordained a man for pastoral ministry and in doing so sent out our 35th member into some kind of pastoral or missionary work in the last 15 years.  What has amazed many who hear of our sending culture in our local church is...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 12:03

How does a pastor deal with criticism?

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image Every pastor either has or will soon be criticized. What is God doing when people criticize him? How do we determine whether criticism is a mountain or a mole hill?

What are some common criticism one occasions in pastoral ministry? Are all pastoral criticisms necessarily baseless?

In what unhealthy...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 13:47

A conversation with Bob Russell

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Here is a excellent conversation with Brian Croft and Bob Russell about Pastoral Ministry in Mega-Churches (Over 1,000 in attendance).  Bob Russell went to pastor Southeast Christian Church over 50 years ago when it had 120 people.  When he retired after 40 years as Senior Pastor it had...

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We as pastors preach our hearts out on Sunday, but is there a way to enhance the effect of our Sunday preaching ministry of the word during the week in the lives of our people?  18th century English Baptist pastor, Andrew Fuller says there is, but for some it might be harder work than the work...

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On these 2 podcast episodes, Brian Croft and Jim Savastio discuss the first 10 years of Practical Shepherding and how God worked to get us to where we are.  Listen to both parts of The Story of Practical Shepherding and celebrate with us!

Listen to Part 1 HERE

Listen to Part 2 HERE

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Friday, 15 March 2019 10:59

7-book Practical Shepherding Series Set – 35% off

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Give the set 35% Off HERE

 

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image The Northwest Indiana Baptist Association is hosting a FREE Church Revitalization Conference in Crown Point, IN near the Chicago area.  Brian Croft will be leading the conference and sharing his own story of Church Revitalization over the last 15 years and the biblical principles he has...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 09:18

How do you balance the tensions of pastoral faithfulness?

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image What does faithfulness in pastoral ministry look like?

How does a pastor practice gentleness and patience in pastoral ministry and yet remain courageous to boldly guard the truth and protect the flock?

How does a pastor discern when it is time to do battle and when it is time to simply be patient...

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image This week the Southern Baptist Convention was shook to its core with the 3 articles researched and released by the Houston Chronical revealing the epidemic of sexual abuse in SBC churches (700 victims) over the last 20 years.

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Article 3

As many face the shock and grief around this...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 10:03

What is the new video cohort for pastors?

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Practical Shepherding in partnership with the North American Mission Board is offering an online live video cohort for pastors engaged in the replanting or revitalizing of a local church.

The Details: ● 1-hour live teaching and discussion. ● Thursday 2pm EST/1 C. ● 40-weeks (spread...

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Pastor and Practical Shepherding President, Jim Savastio has preached God’s word faithfully for 35 years taking only a few weeks off at a time.  That all changed 3 months ago.  Jim unexpectedly experienced an onset of Bell’s Palsy in late November and has been unable to fill...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:33

3 exciting announcements to mark our 10 year anniversary!

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image This month, we celebrate 10 years as a ministry!!  We are so amazed at what God has done and we are excited to make these 3 big announcements in light of our anniversary and the beginning of this new year.

1) New Ministry Headquarters

Our operations have been scattered among several locations...

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In this episode, Brian Croft interviews special guest Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia and discusses the training of pastors and comments on the state of the global church.

Listen HERE

 

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Monday, 21 January 2019 10:24

KINDLE DEAL: Caring for Widows for $2.99!

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Caring for Widows: Ministering God’s Grace

By: Brian Croft and Austin Walker

(Foreword by: Mike McKinley)

Kindle price: $2.99

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In this episode, special guest Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia discusses his conversion, calling, formative influences, and ministry with Brian and Jim.  Conrad Mbewe has been referred to as “The African Spurgeon” because of his powerful preaching...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:30

How can I help Practical Shepherding?

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image It has been an exciting year and exciting announcements will come next month on our plans for 2019!

If we have been a help or blessing to you in the past, would you consider giving an end of the year tax deductible gift?

If you are a pastor, would you consider leading your church to give a donation?

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 21:25

Am I A Replanter? (NAMB Conference – March 5-6, 2019)

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image With 4000 churches a year closing in North America The need for men to replant dying churches has never been greater. Are you a Replanter? We want to help you discover if this is your calling at the national “Am I A Replanter conference” March 5-6 at the North American Mission...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 21:43

How should a pastor give an account for individual souls?

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image How should a pastor take seriously the sobering task of shepherding the soul of every member of his congregation?

What does exercising spiritual oversight of souls look like in the weekly rhythm of pastoral ministry?

How does a minister prepare to face the day when he will give account for his...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 20:39

How should pastors and deacons work together?

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image Biblically, how should pastors and deacons relate to and work with one another?

What areas of overlap exist between these offices?

How do pastors and deacons communicate with one another and how often should they meet together?

How do pastors and deacons respect biblically appointed boundaries in...

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 Seven years ago today, my dear friend and pastoral mentor, Jackson Boyett and his wife, Barbara were hit by a drunk driver and killed just outside Austin, TX where they had lived and ministered at Dayspring Fellowship for almost 30 years. Jackson was one of the most faithful pastors...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 21:03

What is the office and role of a deacon?

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image What are deacons and how are they supposed to function in the life of the church?

What biblical characteristics should deacons evidence in their lives? What are the role-distinctions between the elders and deacons?

How should deacons interact with the leadership of the church? How should deacons...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 11:46

Book Recommendation: Finding Comfort in Sickness

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image Phillip Bennett Power (1822 – 1899) was a pastor in England in the 19th century.  At the age of 43 years old and in the prime of his life and ministry, his health took a terrible dive.  He spent the rest of his days as an invalid.  However, he is known for his effective...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 21:06

How does a pastor’s heart stay warm to God’s word?

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image How does a pastor maintain a warm heart for the Word of God while ministering that Word week in and week out?

What might help a pastor avoid becoming overly-familiar with the Word?

How may a pastor guard against the Word becoming mere background noise in his ministry?

Are pastors in danger of...

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