How does a pastor grow as a preacher?

Does a pastor ever “arrive” in his preaching ministry?

Should a pastor always progress in his competency to preach?

What are some practical ways a preacher can grow in preaching competency?

How might a pastor evaluate his own preaching?

How might a pastor develop self-awareness in relation to his preaching?

How might a pastor evaluate his preaching in relation to other preachers?

Listen as Brian and Jim discuss these issues and more on this episode.

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Posted in Preaching, Training for Ministry

What is Church Membership?


Why is membership important in the life of the church? What does Scripture say concerning church membership?

How is membership in the local church defined? What commitments are requisite to church membership?

What processes should a person be required to undergo before becoming a church member? How should a church address bloated membership rolls?

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

Listen HERE


Posted in Oversight of Souls, Training for Ministry

Being a Pastor: A Conversation with Andrew Fuller – Now Available

Being a Pastor: A Conversation with Andrew Fuller by Michael Haykin and Brian Croft (with Ian Clary) is now available through Amazon.

The authors consider the pastoral theology of this great English Baptist Pastor through his 31 unpublished ordination sermons and bring modern day applications for pastors today.





Posted in Book Recommendation, The Pastor's Soul

The Replanter’s Video Cohort 2020 (Apply Now)

The NAMB Replanter’s Cohort with Brian Croft of Practical Shepherding is offering an online live video cohort for pastors engaged in the replanting or revitalizing of a local church.

The Details:
● 1-hour live teaching and discussion.
● Thursday 4:00 pm EST/3:00 pm CST
● 40-weeks (spread over 1 calendar year).

The Focus:
● The Pastor’s Ministry in Revitalization
● The Pastor’s Family in Revitalization
● The Pastor’s Soul in Revitalization
● The Pastor’s Plan for Revitalization

The cohort is free for all pastors and church leaders who will participate. This will be powered by Zoom and starts January 9, 2020. However you must apply and be accepted into the cohort.

Apply HERE!


Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

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