Titles Included in This Set
About the Author
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.
About the Series
Practical Shepherding is a Gospel-driven resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. A wise trainer of pastors once said he would rather address 50 pastors than 1,000 churchmen. This statement highlights the obvious implication of how best to impact God’s people in local churches—by reaching their pastors.
4 Volumes | 503 Pages
Publication Date: 2013-2014
ISBN 10: 0310495091, 0310517168, 0310517141, 0310517184
ISBN 13: 9780310495093, 9780310517160, 9780310517146, 9780310517184
The Pastor's Family
“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
Prepare Them to Shepherd
Visit the Sick
"In this little volume, Brian helps us to think straightforwardly and faithfully about God s truth and God s people. His advice is as sound as it is simple. Some parts of this may be about matters you've already figured out. But isn't it better to be told something twice, than not at all? Let Brian's be that reinforcing voice. And don't be surprised if you read some things that you hadn't thought of before. Read this book, and let Brian help you in helping others."
- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
"What do pastors do when visiting the sick? Such visits are crucial both eternally and pastorally. Brian Croft has written a marvelous piece to assist us. His work is theologically grounded, gospel centered, and full of practical wisdom. I recommend it enthusiastically."
- Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Teaching Pastor, Clifton Baptist Church
"I read Brian Croft's Visit the Sick with glad thanksgiving! Visitation is a timely and much-needed topic for pastors and Christians in our day. And Croft addresses it with sound thinking and very helpful suggestions. Visit the Sick sets out to provide sensitive, God-honoring, and gospel-driven counsel to pastors and Christians. And it hits the mark. If you're like me, someone who feels ill-equipped to say the right words or do the right things at someone's sick bed, you'll delight in this book and give God great praise for moving Brian Croft to write it. May the Lord be pleased to move us to visit our people and by that means awaken legions!"
- Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman Island; author, The Faithful Preacher
Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals
"The brevity of this book betrays its value. Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals is a superb treatment of this crucial aspect of pastoral ministry. It is both theologically faithful and practically useful. I will refer to it often when called upon to point others to the victory we have in Christ during the times of sorrow and grief that always accompany death."
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
"Death is an inescapable reality, and any minister of the gospel who is committed to speaking for God must prepare to speak to those who are dealing with the trauma of losing a friend or a loved one. Funerals are one of the greatest opportunities for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed because they are reminders to everyone that death is indeed 'the end of all men. When biblical understanding of how the gospel applies to death and grieving is joined with careful preparation to help others to see it, eternal good can also be done by ministers at funerals. Brian Croft and Phil Newton know the gospel well and share their seasoned, pastoral wisdom in how to minister its comfort and power to those who gather in a worship service that has been called by death. If the biblical, pastoral, and practical counsel that is provided in this book is followed by those whose task it is to conduct funeral services, much glory will come to God and much good will come to mourners."
- Tom Ascol, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church; Executive Director, Founders Ministries, Cape Coral, FL
"Far too many funerals present nothing but a eulogy—that is, good words about the deceased—and nothing about Jesus Christ, who came to be the solution to the final problem of sin and death. The seasoned pastors who authored this book have given us a practical resource that shows how to make the gospel central on an occasion when people are desperately in need of the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ. Everyone who provides leadership for funeral, memorial, or graveside services could profit from reading this helpful guide."
- Don Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY