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
Saturday, 07 July 2018 04:12

Newest Podcast: The Pastor as Churchman

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image An oft-overlooked reality in pastoral ministry is that the pastor is a churchman first, and then a pastor. Pastors need those who can minister and speak God’s word into their lives and hold them accountable. In a word, pastors need pastors. Pastors need to be, first and always, disciples;...

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image As a pastor, do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to help some of your people? Given the brokenness, struggles, and sins of people living in a fallen world, how does a pastor who finds himself in over his head help the broken? How might you go about seeking help for others when you...

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:29

How does a bi-vocational pastor care for his own soul?

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image The alarm rings at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He fumbles down the stairs. Shower, coffee, Bible, prayer, and out the door to work. Today will be a long day. He starts his delivery route at 6:30 a.m., does the first leg of his route and comes back to the warehouse. He changes into a suit, and...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:37

The Pastor’s Soul – now available for pre-order

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The Pastor’s Soul: The Call and Care of an Undershepherd
By: Brian Croft and Jim Savastio
Foreword By: David Murray
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:47

KINDLE DEAL: The Pastor’s Family $3.99

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The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding your family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

By: Brian and Cara Croft

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 03:16

Newest podcast: Preaching with Flexiblity

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image What issues should influence the rhythm of our preaching? Holidays? Church calendar? Cultural traditions? Significant world events? Significant events in the life of the congregation? When should a pastor deviate from his planned preaching schedule?

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image Biblically speaking, what should a church plant or church revitalization look like? What deficits might emerge in a church plant and a church revitalization respectively? How might pastors navigate such deficits? How might pastors prioritize and persevere in church plants and church...

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One of the things I love most about our church is the simplicity of our music.  We still love to be creative and use different people’s musical gifts, but our main focus is on the truths we sing and the voices that sing them.  After 15 years of this focus, one of the blessings is a...

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I’ve spent most of my adult life hating silence—and didn’t know it. It was a major blind spot. I always dismissed my desire to be with people and avoid being alone as being an extrovert and loving people. I excused my talkative nature to my heightened relational instincts. These...

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 12:38

KINDLE DEAL: Biblical Church Revitalization $2.99

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By: Brian Croft

Kindle deal: $2.99

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:23

Latest Podcast: When a member wants to leave your church

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image How might a pastor shepherd well one who is leaving the church? What biblical truths should influence how we handle a member leaving our church? What church documents might dictate how we deal with a member leaving our church? How does a pastor and church address sin issues when they are an...

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This Pre-conference to the SBC Convention is a free event, but register to hold your spot.  Don’t wait!

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Brian Croft is a Plenary Speaker for this Revitalization Conference in England.

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This is Mark Dever at his best.  Mark preached one sermon for each book of the New Testament and published the manuscripts in this book.  I always start a new preaching series through a New Testament book by reading Mark’s chapter in this book.  A wonderful resource at a...

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image What are the circumstances under which it is right to resign your church? Should hostility and adversaries prompt us to resign our churches? Is an attempt by the church to “fire” you as pastor sufficient reason to leave a church? How do internal pressures influence the decision stay or...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 00:01

When do I let my church die? (Video SBTS Event)

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This was an event put on by The Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where Brian Croft leads a panel discussion with Brad Walker, Alan Whitham, and Randall Cofield considering when to let a church die and when to fight for life.  A great...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 13:56

Replant Podcast Collective Episodes with Brian Croft

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image The Replant Collective (NAMB) is dedicated to equipping leaders with the best resources for use in leading dying churches to regain health and vitality for the glory of God and the good of their communities.  The Replant Collective podcast is one of the many resources NAMB has to accomplish...

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image When I came to pastor Auburndale Baptist Church almost 15 years ago there were 30 elderly members.  After the death of a beloved 96 year old widow on Saturday, 6 remain.  I have a range of emotions as I prepare for the funeral of this dear faithful saint and anticipate the others in the...

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Thanks to Mark Clifton from NAMB for this graphic and info…

 

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Monday, 19 March 2018 06:32

New Podcast: The Pastor’s Schedule

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image What is unique about the pastor’s schedule? What scriptural mandates influence how we steward our time? What priorities influence the way a pastor schedules his time? How do unforeseen circumstances influence a pastor’s schedule? How might a pastor schedule his time to reflect his...

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image Child sexual abuse in evangelical churches is shockingly more common than many think. Sexual predators often view the church as a “safe” environment for finding, grooming, and abusing their victims. What steps might a pastor and church take to establish a culture of prevention and...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:32

When do I let my church die?

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This is a FREE event!

Come join us for this important conversation led by Brian Croft.  Free lunch and a free book for the first 50 to register and come.  Heritage Hall at SBTS.

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image Church finances are too often the source of scandal. How does Scripture address the pastor’s responsibilities in relation to stewarding the finances of the church? What priorities should dictate financial expenditures? What safeguards should the pastor insist upon to guard against the abuse...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:39

Do you know of any good books on graciousness?

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Well, I do now!  My friend, John Crott’s new book on this needed subject just released.  Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love is a book that every pastor and every Christian lover of truth needs to read.  The goal is not to temper our love for the truth, but to learn how to...

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