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

This is a 10 minute video where Brian Croft tells the story of the crazy ride of his first 5 years at his church:  3 firing attempts.  Threats of violence.  The betrayal of close friends.  Church implosion.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 10:24

Newest Publication: Collateral Damage by James Carroll

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We are excited to announce our next Practical Shepherding book is available for pre-order and will be released August 1, 2017 (published by Christian Focus).  Collateral Damagewritten by Dr. James Carroll (Foreword by Brian Croft) is an amazing story!  At twelve years old, James Carroll...

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Yes!  I have been staying at Clear Creek Baptist Bible Collegethis week and they have a cottage dedicated to pastors and ministry leaders at no cost.  It is very nice!  The campus is beautiful located in the mountains in eastern Kentucky.  All you need to do is contact them and...

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Here is the newest book by SBTS press just released.  Essential Reading on Preaching Edited by Dr. Albert Mohler.  It has contributions from a variety of SBTS faculty, including a chapter written by Brian Croft.

Get a copy of the book here:

Paperback – $5.00 HERE

Ebook –...

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones is arguably the greatest preacher in the last century.  There is now a way to hear this amazing preacher.  Through the Martyn Lloyd Jones Trust, we have access to thousands of his sermon, in both written and audio form.

Listen, read, and download many of his...

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Every parent and pastor’s desire is to see children converted from sin and rebellion to forgiveness and obedience to the gospel. At the same time, few topics are so theologically charged as the conversion, baptism, and membership of children. The stakes are no lower for the relational...

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Finally got around to reading The Pastor’s Justificationby Jared Wilson and it was worth the wait.  I have always appreciated Jared’s writing ministry as he knows what it is like to be a pastor.  He is an engaging writer, but the power behind this book is he is able to write...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 11:05

Newest trench talk podcast episode: Lay Pastors

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This episode features a conversation between a full-time, senior pastor and a part-time, associate pastor. Listen as Brian Croft and Josh Scherrer discuss:

  • How does a team of pastors work together?
  • How can staff pastors work together with lay pastors?
  • What are the advantages of having lay pastors?
  • What...

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We want to invite you to a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni Academy Event on August 3-4 on Church Revitalization.  Brian Croft will be one of the speakers and here is his personal invitation to you:

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Oversee God’s People 

By: Brian Croft and Bryce Butler

Paperback $0.99 HERE

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Gather God’s People

By: Brian Croft and Jason Adkins

Paperback $0.99 HERE

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Prepare Them To Shepherd

By: Brian Croft  (Foreword by Al Mohler)

Paperback $0.99 HERE 

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image Those who know me, know I advocate for a pastor to stay a minimum of 5 years.  There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that it is hard to build trust with a church in much less than 5 years.  There were 3 different efforts to get me fired in the first 5 years at...

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 image Biblical Church Revitalization Conference

When: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm CDT

Where: Bellevue Baptist Church (2000 Appling Rd. Cordova, TN 38016)

Cost: Only $5 (Conference and lunch)

Register and reserve your spot HERE

Speaker: Brian Croft 

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Brian Croft answered this question at the 9 marks conference on Church Revitalization.  Watch here:

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image There are all kinds of different  sermons a preacher can preach:  Doctrinal, evangelistic, topical, and several other kinds of sermons that are not bad in themselves and have their place.  But that does not change my deep conviction that the best way to preach God’s word...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:19

Latest Podcast: Guest Preaching and Weekly Preaching

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You might not be asked to preach in Middle Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) like Jim Savastio, but many preachers will serve as a guest preacher at some point in their ministry. No matter how often you preach as a guest, there are also unique joys and trials of a weekly preaching ministry at your...

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The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding your family through the challenges of pastoral ministry

By: Brian and Cara Croft (Foreword by Thabiti & Kristie Anyabwile)

 

“We’re happy to commend, not only this book, but Brian and Cara, for modeling so much of what is recommended...

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image Our next Practical Shepherding Workshop is on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Alfred Station, NY.  The cost is only $5!  You just need to call the church and let them know you are coming.  All are welcome.  Brian Croft will be teaching all the sessions and hopes to see you there.

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 11:59

Practical Shepherding now in Portuguese!

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Exciting News!  Practical Shepherding now has articles and blog posts translated into Portuguese.

Visit our Portuguese page HERE

Spread the Word!

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 06:19

Newest Podcast – Cultivating Pastoral Affections.

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“We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 06:43

Big Sale – Practical Shepherding books!

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imageThe Pastor’s Ministry:Biblical priorities for faithful shepherds

By: Brian Croft (Foreword by H.B. Charles)

Sale – $2.99 on Kindle HERE

7 Book Complete Set – Practical Shepherding Series

Paperback Sale 50% Off –...

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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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