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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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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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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 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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Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:40

The Pastor’s Soul – Now Available!

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By: Brian Croft and Jim Savastio
Foreword By: David Murray
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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
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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 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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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:23

Latest Podcast: When a member wants to leave your church

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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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