What are the 10 basic requirements for our church’s pastoral internship?

I have been asked recently what we do for our pastoral internship at our church.  So, just in case others of you are curious, I thought I would post them for you to  see.  Remember, our internship goes for 4 months at a time and there is no pay for this role.  It is considered a staff position for that 4 month period and where a good bit of my time as Senior Pastor is focused.  8 -10 hours a week is expected by the intern.


1) Weekly one hour meeting with Brian

  • Book Discussion
  • Check in on goals and project
  • Scriptural basis for pastoral ministry
  • Q and A


2) Book Reading Assignments (10 books) 


3) Service Review

  • One Hour commitment
  • After Sunday evening service


4) Monthly Pastor’s meetings (Sunday)

  • Pastor/Staff lunch (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
  • Pastor’s meeting (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)


5) Prayer Guide

  • Follow for daily prayer time
  • Discipline of praying for members
  • Learn our system of soul care


6) Attendance requirement (at least 1x):

  • Hospital
  • Funeral
  • Widow’s home
  • Abortion clinic
  • Worship service planning
  • Deacon’s meeting


7) Visitation Project

  • Regularly in member’s homes
  • Intentional agenda
  • Cultivate physical and spiritual care
  • Real ministry with real people


8) Personal soul care goal

  • Address an area of the heart (fear of man, pride, control, etc.)


9) Family soul care goal

  • Address an area of intentional spiritual care for wife and children (Prayer, Scripture reading, family worship etc.)


10) Personal ministry growth goal

  • Address an area of giftedness, or lack thereof to further develop.
  • An awareness of a personal quality, mannerism, or quirk that would have a negative effect on someone.


Posted in Book Recommendation, Oversight of Souls, Training for Ministry

Why should I contact and honor my ministry mentor this week?

It is helpful for pastors to look back and recall the impact of the people who personally invested in them, who spoke God’s word to them and taught them about ministry. I remember receiving a phone call early one cold November morning with the sad news that my dear friend and pastoral mentor, Jackson, had been killed in a head on auto collision with a drunk driver. Jackson and I had a very special friendship. Jackson planted and pastored Dayspring Fellowship Church for over thirty years and was a model of faithfulness, endurance, and steadfast love to a single flock over that time. I always told others that Jackson was the man I wanted to be when I grew up. He set the bar for me and was a model of the kind of pastor I want to be.

My last conversation with Jackson took place about a month before he died. I was on my way to conduct the funeral of a dear woman in our church who was two months shy of her 107th birthday. I called Jackson to say hello and just to hear his voice again. Typically I would call for counsel and advice, but this time for some reason, I felt led to call him and see how he was doing and thank him for being my friend and mentor I said to him:

Jackson, I have no difficult situation to mention to you. No advice to seek. I just wanted to see how you were doing and how Barbara was recovering from her surgery. I also just wanted to say how grateful I am for you and all you have done to teach and invest in me. You have impacted me as a man, husband, father, and pastor more than you will ever know. You and your pastoral example are a gift from God to me. Thank you for your friendship and all you have done!

Looking back, I now see the kindness of God in leading me to make that call! Our sovereign and good God who numbers our days before we live a single one (Ps. 139:16) knew what I did not—this was the last conversation this side of eternity I would have with Jackson. Thinking about this conversation and the events that followed is a great motivator to me today to continually remember the others who set an example for me and to regularly take some time out of my schedule to honor them.

It’s not hard to give them a call or send an email and say thank you. Let me encourage you to do this today to whomever is on your mind right now. You won’t regret it!  Don’t assume you will have tomorrow to do it.

Posted in The Pastor's Soul

What is a clever way to engage a spiritual conversation on Monday with a stranger?

All Christians should be looking for ways to engage in spiritual conversation with others with hopes to talk about the gospel.  Yet, many struggle to see when those doors are open or how to try and open them.  Here is one easy way to engage others in a possible spiritual conversation that I was taught many years ago and has proven quite effective when asked at the right time.  The only caveat is it has to get asked on Monday.  The question is…

“What was the sermon about yesterday?”

You would be amazed at some of the responses I have gotten over the years.  Responses have varied from a joyful response of a good, fruitful sermon heard by a grocery clerk to a tearful confession of skipping church from a bank teller.  There is the common reaction of the awkward silence of shock from someone blindsided by the question.  Of course, if you try to engage this way, you will eventually be asked the same question back and you’d better be ready to respond.  Pastors, you have no excuse not to remember the sermon you just preached the day before.

So then, if you read this post in time, try it today.  You may experience a very encouraging conversation with a fellow believer in Christ.  You may remind a straying church member of their disobedience of forsaking the assembly (Heb. 10:25).  Who knows, God by His grace may just open a chance to share the gospel with someone as you recount the faithful word preached to you or by you the previous Lord’s Day.

Posted in Evangelism

Practical Shepherding Regional Workshops for 2015 – Register Now

Our first two regional “one day workshops” are set.  These workshops are for pastors, aspiring pastors, deacons, and other church leaders.  Pastors, bring your interns.  Here are the details.  Click on the link below to register.  You must register and pay to reserve your seat.  Limited seating, so don’t wait!

What is a Practical Shepherding Workshop?

Our Practical Shepherding Workshop is an intense one day practical training for pastors, church leaders, and aspiring pastors that focus on the life of a pastor to “Pay careful attention to yourself and your flock” (Acts 20:28).  We accomplish this by focusing on 5 main areas:

  • The Pastor’s Soul (The calling and care of a pastor’s own soul)
  • The Pastor’s Ministry (The 10 priorities of every busy pastor’s ministry)
  • The Pastor’s Family (Discussing how a pastor can more faithfully care for his family)
  • The Pastor’s Journey (Brian Croft tells the painful, yet redemptive story of his first 10 years as Senior pastor of ABC)
  • The Pastor’s Inquiry (A time of “Q and A” with a panel of PS endorsed pastors moderated by Brian Croft)


Regional Workshop – Southern Indiana


Monday April 27, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Southeast Indiana Baptist Association Offices

615 Park East Blvd.

New Albany, IN 47150


  • The cost is $50.00.
  • $40.00 for students.
  • Includes a workshop workbook
  • This also includes drinks, snacks, lunch, and a discounted rate for all books in the book store.

Register and Pay here: Southern Indiana Regional Workshop


Regional Workshop – Northern Kentucky


Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


First Baptist Church of Mt. Washington

320 N Bardstown Rd.

Mount Washington, KY 40047


  • The cost is $50.00.
  • $40.00 for students.
  • $30.00 for Nelson Baptist Association Pastors (NBA Scholarships)
  • Includes a workshop workbook
  • This also includes drinks, snacks, lunch, and a discounted rate for all books in the book store.

Register and Pay here: Northern Kentucky Regional Workshop



Posted in Promotion, Training for Ministry

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