Will there be an interview about James Carroll’s story and new book?

Join us for this important conversation with James Carroll about his new book and newest Practical Shepherding resource.  It will be held on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Heritage Hall.  The event is free!  Also free Chick-fil-a and a free book for the first 50 attendees.  We hope to see you there!

Buy James’ new book, Collateral Damage HERE


Posted in Book Recommendation, Promotion

What advice would an older pastor give to a younger pastor?

I was given a copy of this letter Sunday.  This is a letter written in 1920 from an older Kentucky pastor.  He is advising a young man who is taking his first pastorate.  One unknown pastor to another just trying to be faithful.  Here is a portion of his most excellent advice that all pastors should heed:

“You asked for suggestions and I venture to make two or three; Don’t scold the people, feed them and feed them.  If possible never let a regular service of the church go by default. Regard the entire community as your field of labor.  Be sure to visit all the sick and keep in sympathetic touch with all that are in trouble.”

What beautiful, timeless advice!  Pastors, go and do likewise.


Posted in Discipleship, Evangelism, Preaching, Training for Ministry

Why should a pastor listen to the criticisms of older members about his preaching?

In the tough, early years of my ministry, I thought I was the patient one. I was enduring through the criticisms, judgments, and actions to remove me. I was being the bigger, more faithful person. As the years have passed, I have realized in a lot of ways more and more that it was the other way around. These long-time faithful saints wounded by previous pastors for decades were being patient with me.

Specifically, they were being patient with me as I grew as a preacher. There was this 85 year old widow, Betty, who used to lecture me about my preaching in the early years. She was the only one who actually came to me to tell me she didn’t like my preaching and why. I dismissed what she said…

Eight years later, she proved to be right on every criticism about my preaching and where I needed to grow.

I woke up one day after years of laboring to stretch myself to grow in preaching to suddenly realized I had made the changes that she suggested years before.  In summary, she challenged me to engage my heart in preaching, not just my head.

Betty loves to hear me tell that story.  Even more, she loves to hear me preach now. She as well as others were patient with me in those early years, especially with my preaching.  Pastors, your older members are a gift, not a burden.

One of the ways they can serve you is to help you grow as a preacher.

Many of them have experienced much in church life, including good and bad sermons.  If they do nothing else with their imperfect feedback, they at least communicate to you how to reach them with the word.  Pastors, you will want to know how to do that.

Posted in Preaching

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Oversee God’s People

By: Brian Croft and Bryce Butler




Prepare Them To Shepherd

By: Brian Croft (Foreword by Albert Mohler)





Posted in Promotion, Training for Ministry

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