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Our Trench Talk Podcast – Episode #1: Funerals

We are excited to announce the launch of our new podcast!  Practical Shepherding Podcast is entitled, “Trench Talk” where we tackle  the issues pastors face and provide practical advice and wisdom for them.  Practical Shepherding exists to serve pastors who

Posted in Funerals, Training for Ministry

How can a pastor prepare his own heart for a funeral?

Because there are so many elements to plan and logistics to prepare for, it is not uncommon for the pastor to have all his words prepared, service planned out, everyone in place, processional details checked off, and realize an essential

Posted in Funerals, Preaching

What 3 elements should be in every funeral sermon?

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

Posted in Funerals, Preaching

What should be the opening words of a funeral service?

Opening a funeral service can feel as awkward as those first words you speak to the family who has just lost their loved one.  Yet, because of the attentiveness people give in those moments, we must seize the opportunity to

Posted in Funerals
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