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Visit the Sick

Visit the Sick

by Mark Dever and Brian Croft

How Do You Care for the Sick?Here’s How.One of the marks of the ministry of Jesus is his compassionate care for the sick. Jesus brought healing and hope to individuals struggling with life-debilitating illnesses. Ministry to the sick should also be a mark of his followers, but in many churches today it is neglected or pushed to the periphery of ministry co… Read more…

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Prepare Them to Shepherd

Prepare Them to Shepherd

by R. Albert MohlerJr. and Brian Croft

Are You Called to Ministry?Those who are involved in full-time ministry often say they have been “called” to do what they do. But what does that mean? Who does the “calling,” and how is it received?  In Prepare Them to Shepherd, pastor Brian Croft unpacks the biblical model for preparing individuals for full-time ministry. In the past, trai… Read more…

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Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals

by Brian Croft, Daniel L. Akin and Phil A. Newton

Bring Gospel Hope in the Midst of DeathThe phone rings: “Pastor, can you do my mother’s funeral?” Or, “Please help us—our baby just died.” Death comes unexpectedly, giving you two to three days of time to prepare a sermon—in the midst of caring for a grieving family. This helpful book walks a pastor through the logistics of memorial services, b… Read more…

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Gospel Conversations

Gospel Conversations

by Brian Croft and Robert W. Kellemen

How does a person learn to counsel others with the truth of God’s Word? Bob Kellemen believes that the best way to learn counseling is by doing it—by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context of real, raw Christian community.Gospel Conversations explores the four compass-points of biblical counseling:Sustaining: “It’s No… Read more…

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Oversee God's People

Oversee God's People

by Brian Croft and Bryce Butler

The Bible gives instruction to those called to church leadership, challenging them to shepherd God’s people by exercising oversight. But what does that mean? And how is it done in a way that is faithful to God and effective in enabling growth, individually and corporately?The Practical Shepherding series of guides provides pastors and ministry leaders … Read more…

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Pastor's Ministry

Pastor's Ministry

by Brian Croft and H. B. CharlesJr.

  Every pastor struggles with demands for his time, and how to determine priorities in ministry. Some choose to respond to the most urgent needs, while others seek a more balanced and intentional approach. But what determines these priorities? Where should a busy pastor look for wisdom in making decisions?In the Pastor’s Ministry, pastor and auth… Read more…

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Gather God's People

Gather God's People

by Bob Kauflin, Brian Croft and Jason Adkins

“God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). The Bible tells us that we are to worship the Lord, that we were created for this purpose. But what is true worship? What does the Bible teach about the right—and the wrong—ways to worship God? In this book, pastors Brian Croft and Jason Adkins unpac… Read more…

Caring for Widows: Ministering God's Grace

Caring for Widows: Ministering God's Grace

by Brian Croft, Austin Walker and Mike McKinley

Pastors and church leaders are responsible for countless things. Unfortunately, in many churches, ministry to widows remains largely neglected and forgotten. Highlighting the Bible’s recurring commands to care for widows with sensitivity and compassion, this book encourages church leaders to think carefully about how to serve the widows in their congregati… Read more…

Pastor's Family
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Pastor's Family

by Brian Croft, Cara Croft, Holly Watson and Holly Watson

Featuring insights from the perspective of both a pastor and his wife—The Pastor’s Family identifies the complicated burdens and expectations ministry brings to the life of a family. Brian and Cara Croft identify the unique challenges that pastors face as husbands and fathers.  They also discuss the difficulties and joys of being a pastor’s wife a… Read more…

Comfort the Grieving

Comfort the Grieving

by Paul Tautges and Brian Croft

Until the end of time, when the curse of sin is finally removed, suffering will be a large part of the human experience and a large part of that suffering will be walking through the painful reality of death.  'Death,' writes Paul Tautges, 'provides a natural opportunity not only for ministry to others, but also for personal growth in minist… Read more…

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Pray for the Flock

Pray for the Flock

by Brian Croft and Ryan Fullerton

“Brothers, pray for us.” (1 Thessalonians 5:25). The Apostle Paul’s letters are filled with references to prayer—requests for prayer from the churches, prayers for them, and teaching and encouragement that God was working through these prayers. Pastors and church leaders know that prayer is powerful and it must be a priority in any ministry, yet many… Read more…

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Pastor's Family

Pastor's Family

by Brian Croft and Cara Croft

Pastoral ministry is more challenging than ever with unique, complicated burdens and expectations some have not experienced in previous generations. Because of this, the number of pastors who start with a great zeal for the work, quickly crash and burn and are left with a battered faith and family. This book seeks to identify those unique challenges, diagnos… Read more…