How does a pastor’s heart stay warm to God’s word?

How does a pastor maintain a warm heart for the Word of God while ministering that Word week in and week out?

What might help a pastor avoid becoming overly-familiar with the Word?

How may a pastor guard against the Word becoming mere background noise in his ministry?

Are pastors in danger of becoming overly-fond of the sound of their own voice in preaching?

How does a pastor keep his affections properly stirred for the Word of God?

Listen as Brian and Jim address these issues and more in this episode of Trench Talk.

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Posted in The Pastor's Soul

What are the priorities for a pastor in the early years?

What are the priorities of a pastor in the early years of ministry? How does a beginning pastor lay a God-honoring foundation for his ministry? What is the one thing such a pastor must do first and above all else? What commitments does the pastor make in relation to the flock? What should a pastor do in a situation where a church is significantly disconnected from its biblical priorities? How quickly can a pastor reasonably expect to make significant changes in the structure of a church? What kind of preaching is effective in the early years of ministry? On what categories should a pastor focus to avoid becoming a statistical casualty in pastoral ministry?

Listen as Brian and Jim address these questions and more in this episode.

Listen HERE



Posted in Oversight of Souls, Preaching, Training for Ministry

“The Visitor” The newest article by Cara Croft

I breathe out the words, “I matter to God.” They slowly pass over my lips, circle around my head and land in my ears with a dull thud. Those words, unable to penetrate any further into my brain clogged with contrary messages, never make it down into my heart where I need to feel them most. Vain repetition of what I know to be true but life experience guards against the impact of these words, stubbornly refusing to let them take root in any significant way.

“I don’t matter, I am invisible, no one notices, I am disappearing” those words travel down the back of my throat, never crossing my lips, but going right into my core.

I can breathe in and out what scripture tells me, but I seem more apt to swallow the lies and let them infiltrate the core of my being. Those are the words that suck the energy from my body into the black hole of depression. I open the scripture praying that one magic arrow of truth might ignite that dark place and burn away those messages. I am skeptical that today it will happen.

This feels dark, because it is dark. This is depression.

It has come to call upon me yet again. The old, familiar visitor who decides to drop in for a visit. It would be nice if she would call to see if she is welcome before she shows up at the door, but she doesn’t. Then again, depression has never been a kind visitor, never thoughtful, never asking if this may be a good time for me to have her visit. How long will she stay this time? Just today? A week, a whole month? What if she never leaves? That is always the fear. That she is going to permanently move in, and yet history tells me that she will eventually leave.

Read the full article HERE



Posted in Home and Family, Oversight of Souls

Join us at the Mississippi Baptist Pastor’s Conference

Brian Croft will be speaking and we (Practical Shepherding) will be exhibiting and selling our books at a discounted price.  Come join us! Our staff would love to meet you and serve you!


Posted in Promotion

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