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
Monday, 15 January 2018 10:58

How is sleep good for the pastor’s soul?

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image There are many reasons sleep is good for the soul, but here’s an important one.  Sleep forces a pastor to let go of the daily burdens and trust Jesus. When we desire to control our lives, it is hard to let go of that. All sleep does for the Christian is it reminds us we are truly not in...

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image In light of the Sutherland Springs Texas church shooting, the question of safety and security at churches is front and center in the minds of conscientious pastors. What theological issues should inform our views on safety and security? Is it “spiritual” to think in terms of possessing...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 12:21

Did I Kill My Sending Church?

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image This is a complicated question, one that can hardly be answered in a quick yes or no. Before I attempt to answer that and provide some lessons that we’ve learned, a little background.

In the fall of 2013, I came to a three-year-old church plant in Southern Indiana as the...

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We have an amazing opportunity to publish our 2 core books, The Pastor’s Family and The Pastor’s Ministry into several different languages. We are receiving many requests for our books and resources in languages around the world.  It will cost $25,000 to complete all these...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 22:23

How do male pastors care well for women in their churches?

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Unfortunately, this picture represents the effort that many male pastors make to care for women in their churches.  Out of caution, too often men overcompensate and leave ladies in the church feeling very relationally uncared for by men.  And yet, in our cultural milieu where accusations...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:55

How do you prepare your child for adulthood?

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Well, my son turned 18 years old yesterday.  Trying to process how that is possible!  Everyone says this goes fast and I am starting to believe them.  Samuel and I had lunch yesterday and spend most the day celebrating him and his life as a family.  As I reflected, I often...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 07:35

What are some of the blessings of a long pastorate?

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image We are very excited about this most recent contribution, The Blessings of a Long Pastorate by Pastor John Crotts who has pastored the same church for over 20 years.  Read this article and be encouraged to go, plant, and stay in one place for your life:

“How long should a pastor serve the...

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I have lost count with the amount of times I have received this kind of email about this book, Conduct Gospel Center Funerals: Applying the gospel to the unique challenges of death, by Brian Croft and Phil Newton:

I’m a new pastor, and this week am doing my first funeral. I bought a bunch of...

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As I talked with a young pastor yesterday, I found myself sharing the practical qualities that every pastor needs to get him through the daily grind of ministry.  Of course, much could be said.  But I keep coming back to these 5 qualities and how essential they are:

  • Patience
  • Wisdom
  • Discernmen...

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image Many pastors identify faithful prayer for their flock as an area of failure in their ministries. How does a pastor pray faithfully and consistently for every member of his congregation? How might a pastor create a systematic prayer-guide? What should we pray when praying for the flock? How does...

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Come hear Brian Croft speak at The Gospel Coalition Regional Event in Los Angeles, CA this next Tuesday, November 7.  Details and Registration BELOW:

November 7, 2017 |8:30am – 1:00pm Coordinator: Brian Colmery Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Every pastor struggles with demands for his...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:32

How much should a pastor tell his wife?

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image Pastors’ wives bear a unique burden. To what extent should the pastor share the burdens of pastoral ministry with his spouse? What is the distinction between the pastor protecting his wife and the pastor shutting his wife out in relation to the burdens pressing upon him? Might there be...

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image Here are the talks that Brian Croft did at this conference.  Click on the link to listen:

The Pastor’s Soul – Listen HERE

The Pastor’s Ministry – Listen HERE

The Pastor’s Family – Listen HERE

 

Authors: Brian...

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:00

What are 5 reasons you want a declining church?

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image If there is something all pastors and churches will agree on it is nobody wants their church to decline.  Nobody.  The SBC’s primary way of measuring the condition of local churches is by this rubric: Growing. Plateau. Decline.  The declining church is always seen as...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:39

What should the pastor’s salary actually be?

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image Discussion of the pastor’s salary is often an uncomfortable conversation for both the pastor and the church. How might both parties enter into frank, humble, God-honoring dialogue on this issue? What does Scripture say concerning the pastor’s salary? What should the attitude of the...

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image Join us for this important conversation with James Carroll about his new book and newest Practical Shepherding resource.  It will be held on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Heritage Hall.  The event is free!  Also free Chick-fil-a and a free book for the...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 02:21

What advice would an older pastor give to a younger pastor?

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I was given a copy of this letter Sunday.  This is a letter written in 1920 from an older Kentucky pastor.  He is advising a young man who is taking his first pastorate.  One unknown pastor to another just trying to be faithful.  Here is a portion of his most excellent advice...

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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)

Authors: Brian...

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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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