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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In the tough, early years of my ministry, I thought I was the patient one. I was enduring through the criticisms, judgments, and actions to remove me. I was being the bigger, more faithful person. As the years have passed, I have realized in a lot of ways more and more that it was the other way...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:30

2 Practical Shepherding Books for $5 on Kindle

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imageOversee God’s People

By: Brian Croft and Bryce Butler

imagePrepare Them To Shepherd

By: Brian Croft (Foreword by Albert Mohler)

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 07:19

What is Practical Shepherding and how did it begin?

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:49

How does a pastor demonstrate courage?

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image Courage in pastors can take on many forms.  However, one of the most important ways pastors demonstrate courage is by simply being themselves.  Pastors are commonly pressured to have it all together, to have it all figured out, and therefore are assumed to be the experts to instruct...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 08:32

Where is Brian Croft speaking next week in California?

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Next week, Brian Croft will be one of the main plenary speakers for the Exalted Christ Conference in Vallejo, CA.  Brian’s wife, Cara will also be there teaching a break out session.  They hope to see you there!

Details and Registration: HERE

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Friday, 01 September 2017 00:48

Newest Podcast: Bi-Vocational Pastoral Ministry

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image The number of churches requiring a bi-vocational pastor is trending upward, and bi-vo ministry is a demanding task. While many—if not most—bi-vo pastors would prefer full-time ministry, how might those called to such a duty find contentment in their calling? Given the stringent demands...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 14:19

What is the next book Brian Croft is writing?

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After an 18 month break from writing, Brian Croft has agreed to terms with a publisher to write the 3rd and final book in The Pastor’s Trilogythat has been in the works for over 5 years.  The Pastor’s Family, The Pastor’s Ministry, and now…The Pastor’s...

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Practical Shepherding and 20 Schemes are partnering together for this amazing one-day event!

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, there is a Church Revitalization Conference at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, KY.  The conference is in the afternoon and your conference fee gets you into the...

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image Have you ever encountered the pastor who when asked about hobbies smugly responds with, “Well, Jesus is my hobby?”  Why is it important that pastors have fun, enjoyable, non-ministry activities in their life?  What kind of activities should a pastor do and with whom?

In this...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 05:22

How did I spend a month off from all ministry?

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By: Brian Croft

For the last 2 years, I have taken the entire month of July off to rest, reset, care for my own soul, enjoy my family, and unplug from all ministry and social media.  I have just returned and feel ready to step back into the busyness of ministry and re-engage in the work to...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 10:37

Newest Podcast: Pastoral Rest

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Listen as Brian Croft and Jim Savastio discuss the often neglected issue of pastoral rest. From the vacation to the day off to the pastoral sabbatical, Brian and Jim explore the biblical necessity of rest and offer practical insights for avoiding pastoral burn-out.

 

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This is a 10 minute video where Brian Croft tells the story of the crazy ride of his first 5 years at his church:  3 firing attempts.  Threats of violence.  The betrayal of close friends.  Church implosion.

Welcome to Church Revitalization!

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 10:24

Newest Publication: Collateral Damage by James Carroll

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We are excited to announce our next Practical Shepherding book is available for pre-order and will be released August 1, 2017 (published by Christian Focus).  Collateral Damagewritten by Dr. James Carroll (Foreword by Brian Croft) is an amazing story!  At twelve years old, James Carroll...

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Yes!  I have been staying at Clear Creek Baptist Bible Collegethis week and they have a cottage dedicated to pastors and ministry leaders at no cost.  It is very nice!  The campus is beautiful located in the mountains in eastern Kentucky.  All you need to do is contact them and...

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Here is the newest book by SBTS press just released.  Essential Reading on Preaching Edited by Dr. Albert Mohler.  It has contributions from a variety of SBTS faculty, including a chapter written by Brian Croft.

Get a copy of the book here:

Paperback – $5.00 HERE

Ebook –...

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones is arguably the greatest preacher in the last century.  There is now a way to hear this amazing preacher.  Through the Martyn Lloyd Jones Trust, we have access to thousands of his sermon, in both written and audio form.

Listen, read, and download many of his...

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Every parent and pastor’s desire is to see children converted from sin and rebellion to forgiveness and obedience to the gospel. At the same time, few topics are so theologically charged as the conversion, baptism, and membership of children. The stakes are no lower for the relational...

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Finally got around to reading The Pastor’s Justificationby Jared Wilson and it was worth the wait.  I have always appreciated Jared’s writing ministry as he knows what it is like to be a pastor.  He is an engaging writer, but the power behind this book is he is able to write...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 11:05

Newest trench talk podcast episode: Lay Pastors

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This episode features a conversation between a full-time, senior pastor and a part-time, associate pastor. Listen as Brian Croft and Josh Scherrer discuss:

  • How does a team of pastors work together?
  • How can staff pastors work together with lay pastors?
  • What are the advantages of having lay pastors?
  • What...

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We want to invite you to a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni Academy Event on August 3-4 on Church Revitalization.  Brian Croft will be one of the speakers and here is his personal invitation to you:

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Oversee God’s People 

By: Brian Croft and Bryce Butler

Paperback $0.99 HERE

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Gather God’s People

By: Brian Croft and Jason Adkins

Paperback $0.99 HERE

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Prepare Them To Shepherd

By: Brian Croft  (Foreword by Al Mohler)

Paperback $0.99 HERE 

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image Those who know me, know I advocate for a pastor to stay a minimum of 5 years.  There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that it is hard to build trust with a church in much less than 5 years.  There were 3 different efforts to get me fired in the first 5 years at...

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 image Biblical Church Revitalization Conference

When: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm CDT

Where: Bellevue Baptist Church (2000 Appling Rd. Cordova, TN 38016)

Cost: Only $5 (Conference and lunch)

Register and reserve your spot HERE

Speaker: Brian Croft 

Brian Croft is Senior...

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Brian Croft answered this question at the 9 marks conference on Church Revitalization.  Watch here:

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