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 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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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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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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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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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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Sunday, 23 September 2018 21:41

Should a pastor care about caring for his physical body?

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What does it mean for a pastor to “take heed” to his physical wellbeing? Is there any spiritual value in stewarding our physical bodies well? How might a pastor balance and practice well the three disciplines of eating, exercise, and sleep?

Listen as Brian and Jim address these and...

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By: Brian Croft

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Yesterday marked the completion of 15 years as Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, KY (2003 – 2018).  Many of you know my story.  So then you can imagine I have spent a great deal of time reflecting in recent days on all God has done in me and...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 02:06

Brian Croft’s First Talk at GBP Revitalization Conference

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We are so grateful for Tim Challies who has been a faithful supporter of Practical Shepherding from the beginning.  In this video, Tim mentions our newest book, The Pastor’s Soul by Brian Croft and Jim Savastio in his New and Notable Books segment.

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Monday, 27 August 2018 08:13

New Podcast Episode: Finding Joy in Small Churches

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image How does a pastor press on and not grow weary in well-doing when there is little visible fruit resulting from his ministry? Is it possible to pastor well in a church that does not experience significant growth? In such circumstances, how does a pastor maintain hope, joy, and a vigorous ministry?...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 12:34

Newest Podcast: Processing Pastoral Falls

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Moral failures by pastors–whether they be financial failures, sexual failures, abuse of authority, or some other form of gross immorality–seem increasingly common. Is any pastor immune to moral failure? How is it possible for a pastor to live a double life? How might a pastor guard...

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imageBy: Cara Croft

 I seem to be in this same situation over and over again. I am sitting in a gathering of people who do not know each other well and there is a time of “introducing ourselves.” I am normally thankful for the helpful prompts such as “tell us where you are from, tell us...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:47

Why did I take July off to care for my own soul?

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The end of this month marks the 3rd year in a row I have taken the month of July off from all my ministry responsibilities.  The reason?  Personal soul care and rest.  (Reason from 2 years ago) Here are 10 ways I tried to cared for my own soul this time:

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