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What lessons have you learned after 20 years of pastoral ministry?

This week completes 20 years of serving in vocational ministry of some kind. I spent my first 8 years serving as an associate pastor in a variety of roles in several different churches (May 1995 – August 2003). These last

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

What kind of pastor does God use to revitalize a church?

It is unfortunate the amount of dying churches that conclude they need one of two kinds of men to lead them to revitalize their church. Churches first pursue finding the next young, rock-star preacher to be their pastor, banking on

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

The Pastor’s Ministry…now available

Practical Shepherding has written all kinds of different books, but this book, The Pastor’s Ministry: Biblical Priorities for Faithful Shepherds is especially important. This book defines the core of this ministry in one book.  It is Brian Croft’s pastoral theology in one book.  The Pastor’s

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How do I endure through the difficulties of pastoral ministry?

One of my pastoral teachers and heroes, Bill Hughes, said goodbye to his beloved wife of over 60 years this past week who met her Savior in glory and is no longer suffering.  Bill spent most of his long and

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry
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