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

Apologetic Report - Practical Shepherding
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:28

What 3 elements need to be in every funeral sermon?

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I was contacted last week by a pastor asking this question and thought there might be others asking it also.  The most helpful advice I ever received about preaching at a funeral for someone I didn’t know is:

“Don’t preach them into heaven.  Don’t preach them into...

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image Our church recently sang a Joseph Hart hymn and it reminded me of that impactful day when I stood over his grave in Bunhill Fields Cemeteryjust outside the city of London.  This cemetery is just outside the city limits because these graves are marked as...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:38

New Trench Talk Podcast – Pastoral Mentoring

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Brian and Jim talk about the crucial role that mentors have played in their lives, and how pastors can mentor others.

  • Jim tells the story of how a devoted pastor of a small, rural church mentored him in ministry even at a young age.
  • Brian recounts how a lack of mentors impacted his early life and...

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imageThe Salem Baptist Association in partnership with the Kentucky Baptist Convention is sponsoring a free…

-Deacon’s Training-

Location: Ekron Baptist Church, 2775 Haysville Rd. Ekron, KY 40117

Date: March 18th 2017

Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am

Continental Breakfast served at 7:30 am. Event is...

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Here are 3 important books coming out next month (April 2017) that Brian Croft read last year and highly recommends to each of you:

imageRevitalize:Biblical keys to helping your church come alive again.

By: Andy Davis

Pre-order: HERE

imageReset: Living a grace-paced...

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My friend, Jon Cyrus, Pastor of First Baptist Prospect, experienced great tragedy a few weeks ago with the news that his daughter, 27, had lost her battle with drug addiction.  Jon has graciously allowed us in to see how he is trying to wrestle with God and cope with this great...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:10

Church Revitalization Event @SBTS (Tuesday, Feb. 21)

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Come join us for this important panel discussion of regular local church pastors that will be led by Brian Croft.  First 50 receive a free Chick-Fil-A lunch and free book.

RSVP – HERE

 

Authors: Brian...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 15:27

Why should a pastor stay a long time at one church?

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image One of the most significant implications from Hebrews 13:17 (giving account for souls) I was grateful to learn early in ministry was that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God had entrusted to me.  This is important to...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 07:57

Kindle Sale on 2 Practical Shepherding Books!

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image The Pastor’s Ministry

by Brian Croft

$4.00 on Kindle – Here

image Pray for the Flock

by Brian Croft and Ryan Fullerton

$3.00 on Kindle – Here

Authors: Brian Croft...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 07:05

How can older members help a young preacher grow?

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image In the early years at my church, I thought I was the patient one. I was enduring through the criticisms, judgments, and actions to remove me as pastor. I was being the bigger, more faithful person. As the years have passed, I have realized more and more that it was the other way...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:54

How do you preach in the face of snarls and scowls?

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image I remember those early years in my struggling church were so hard to preach.  It is hard enough to try and figure out who you are as a preacher, but to have to do it in a place where there felt like a general disinterest, even at times hostility, well…that...

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image Pastors who walk into existing churches are quickly burdened by needed changes to improve the church.  Where the challenge is for most of us is when and how those changes need to be brought.  If you are wondering how to choose those battles wisely, first receive this most...

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Come join us for this important Pre-Conference the morning before The Gospel Coalition Conference.

To register go Here

Authors: Brian Croft...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 09:12

Newest podcast episode: Miscarriages

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Miscarriage is a sorrowful, but all too common experience that calls for special pastoral care. Listen as Brian Croft discusses his own experience of a miscarriage, and how to care for others going through this loss. This episode address questions like…

  • What is it like to experience a...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:33

How long should I preach?

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image I find many pastors, especially younger ones, are regularly wrestling with this question.  The pressure to answer can be self-imposed, or forced by those in your church who complain your sermons are too long.  The problem is there does not seem to be one right answer.

The answer...

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image It is one of the great dilemmas every Sunday for the pastor.  To whom do I speak with and for how long?  Most pastors stand at a doorway after the morning service to greet those who are leaving.  Others stay down front inviting folks to come and speak with the pastor...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:13

How do you prepare a sermon for a funeral?

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image The most helpful advice I ever received about preaching at a funeral for someone I didn’t know is: “Don’t preach them into heaven.  Don’t preach them into hell.  Just preach the gospel for the people who are there.”  This principle captures our task...

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image Here are the 5 sessions from the “Every Member Ministry” Conference held at Landmark Baptist Churchin Louisville, KY where Brian Croft spoke this past week.  Here are the sessions:

Session 1:You are called (Mark 10:32-45)

Sessions 2: You are needed (Acts 6:1-7)

Session 3: You are...

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image You may call it something different, but every pastor knows about it.  It is the mental, emotional, and spiritual crash that takes place the next day (Monday) as a result of pouring your heart and soul out in the proclamation of God’s word to God’s people...

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 06:57

5 years later…remembering my late pastoral mentor.

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Five 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 Fellowshipfor almost 30 years.  Jackson was one of the most faithful...

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The best way to care for those in our church who may be alone on Thanksgiving is to invite them to your family gathering, or find others in your church who would be willing to take them in.  This takes some effort by the pastor, or someone else in the church who has the time and desire to ask...

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Here are some books I have found helpful to address the soul work every pastor needs to do if we are to last in the ministry for a long period of time.  In no particular order…

The Pastor’s Soul

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Sunday, 06 November 2016 15:46

A Great Week of Practical Shepherding Events!

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Thank you for praying for the Practical Shepherding events this past week.  It was a full week!  I (Brian) was in Washington, DC on Monday and Tuesday at a joint 9 Marks/ NAMB Church Revitalization Event.

Home Wednesday and Thursday…

Then, Friday – Sunday in the Los Angeles, CA...

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Thursday, 03 November 2016 16:10

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals on sale for $3!

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imageConduct Gospel Centered Funeralswritten by Brian Croft and Phil Newton is on sale for $3 on Kindle this week.  This is one of our best selling books and for good reason.  A pastor has about 2 days to get ready for a funeral once he is called to conduct one.  Better have a quick,...

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