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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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imageBy: Brian Croft

 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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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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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:50

What are the priorities for a pastor in the early years?

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image What are the priorities of a pastor in the early years of ministry? How does a beginning pastor lay a God-honoring foundation for his ministry? What is the one thing such a pastor must do first and above all else? What commitments does the pastor make in relation to the flock? What should a pastor...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 04:38

“The Visitor” The newest article by Cara Croft

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image I breathe out the words, “I matter to God.” They slowly pass over my lips, circle around my head and land in my ears with a dull thud. Those words, unable to penetrate any further into my brain clogged with contrary messages, never make it down into my heart where I need to feel them...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 05:39

Join us at the Mississippi Baptist Pastor’s Conference

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image Brian Croft will be speaking and we (Practical Shepherding) will be exhibiting and selling our books at a discounted price.  Come join us! Our staff would love to meet you and serve you!

 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:16

Why is pastoral ministry such a risky pursuit?

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image Why is Practical Shepherding important?  Here’s one reason–these staggering stats.  These troubling numbers show the risk of those who set their hands to the plow of this noble, but costly work.

• 70% constantly fight depression.

• 50% feel so discouraged that they...

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Do we have evidence in Scripture that men of God suffered through seasons of depression, and even anxiety? Do grief and sorrow have a valid, spiritual place in the life of pastors? What happens when pastors try to suppress pain and depressive impulses in their lives? Is it wrong for pastors to...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

BOOK SALE: 50% off our 7-book Practical Shepherding series

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