Today, while many pastors are busy serving their church, their responsibilities as a husband and father are neglected and forgotten. Family relationships suffer. Marriages struggle. Children grow up resenting the church. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Featuring insights from the perspective of both a pastor and his wife—The Pastor’s Family identifies the complicated burdens and expectations that ministry brings to the life of a family and offers hope for struggling families that is rooted in the good news of the gospel. Pastor Brian Croft and his wife, Cara, offer practical advice on raising children in a ministry family, highlighting the thrill of serving together and the wonderful opportunities pastors have to train their children and lead their families.
With discussion questions for use by couples and pastoral reading groups, this book is ideal for pastors and their spouses, pastoral ministry students and their wives, as well as elders, deacons, and others who wish to remain faithful to the care of their families while diligently fulfilling their calling in ministry. The Pastor’s Family equips pastors with time-tested wisdom to address the tension of family and congregational dynamics while persevering in their calling.
Includes a Foreword by Thabiti & Kristie Anyabwile
About the Authors
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry.
Cara Croft is a wife to Brian and a homeschooling mother of their four children. She did her undergraduate work at Asbury College and serves in a number of ways teaching and discipling the ladies of Auburndale Baptist Church. She enjoys serving her husband and family and looks forward to when she will have more time to pursue her love of speaking, teaching, writing and photography.
Publication Date: August 2013
ISBN 10: 0310495091
ISBN 13: 9780310495093
“Pastors and their families need a book like this—a kind of field manual—that speaks to the various demands and expectations they face and provides gospel-centered, family-focused guidance. This book delves into the hearts of each member of the pastor's household and offers helpful counsel in shepherding each one according to God's Word, so that the family can serve together joyfully in the work of the ministry.”
– Thabiti & Kristie Anyabwile, from the Foreword
“Brian and Cara Croft provide a frank and helpful discussion of the challenges faced by pastors and their families day after day. For pastors in training, this book provides a realistic framework for future ministry. For pastors in training, this book provides a realistic framework for future ministry. For pastors on the field, it provides encouragement and wisdom from a couple who is walking the same path as you. For church members, it provides an invaluable glimpse into the dynamics of a pastor's life. Highly recommended.”
- Timothy Paul Jones, PhD, Associate Vice President and Professor of Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I know Brian as an effective, compassionate pastor of a vital church in Louisville, and I am thrilled he and Cara have written this book to assist pastors in meeting the practical, day-to-day challenges of ministry and the often complex demands of doing life together as a ministry couple. Read it as a couple and do the exercises together. It will take your relationship and your ministry to a new level. I just with this book had been around when I was serving as a senior minister.”
- Bob Russell, Retired Senior Minister, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY
“Realistic. Honest. Transparent. Spiritual. Practical. These are the words that sprang to my mind as I read this unique book that will refresh many pastors' souls, rescue many pastors' marriages, transform many pastors' families, and revive many pastors' ministries.”
- David P. Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“All throughout the history of the church there have been pastors, so many pastors, who have sacrificed their families on the altar of ministry. Too many neglected wives and forsaken children can testify to men who time and time again chose ministry in place of family. Every pastor can testify to the power of this temptation, which is exactly why Brian and Cara Croft's book is urgently needed. The Pastor's Family challenges pastors to care first and best for their wives and children, and it carefully draws on biblical wisdom to allow them to do that very thing. It is a book I will read with my wife, and one I heartily recommend to every pastor.”
- Tim Challies, Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto, Ontario; author, The Next Story