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The Pastor's Ministry: Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds
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The Pastor's Ministry: Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds


Zondervan 2015

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Every pastor struggles with countless demands on his time. A plan for setting and sticking to ministry priorities is a necessary skill. While some choose to respond to the most urgent needs, others seek a more balanced and intentional approach. But what determines these priorities? Where should a busy pastor look for wisdom in making these decisions?

In the Pastor’s Ministry, pastor and author Brian Croft looks to the Scriptures to determine the top 10 priorities for a faithful pastoral ministry. These biblically rooted responsibilities help pastors determine how to spend their time and respond with discernment to the demands of the church.

To be successful and faithful in pastoral ministry, every pastor needs to understand these core callings and make them part of his regular practice. These 10 responsibilities guide how a pastor schedules his time, helping him to lay the foundation for a biblically faithful ministry in his church.

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Get more top-notch resources for pastoral ministry with the Practical Shepherding Series.

Key Features

  • Analyzes 10 top priorities for faithful pastoral ministry
  • Draws on Scripture for a foundation for faithful and effective ministry
  • Helps pastors determine how to spend their time and respond to demands with discernment


  • Foundation: Guard the Truth
  • Foundation: Preach the Word
  • Foundation: Pray for the Flock
  • Focus: Set an Example
  • Focus: Visit the Sick
  • Focus: Comfort the Grieving
  • Focus: Care for Widows
  • Faithfulness: Confront Sin
  • Faithfulness: Encourage the Weaker Sheep
  • Faithfulness: Identify and Train Leaders

Praise for the Print Edition

Faithful pastoral ministry is one of the most urgent needs of the church. Brian Croft is a careful guide to faithful biblical ministry and a needed voice among evangelical pastors.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This book will be a huge blessing to many shepherds and even more sheep. I wish it had been around when I was starting out in ministry 20 years ago.

David Murray, professor of practical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

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About Brian Croft

Brian Croft is senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a nonprofit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. He is the author of a number of books including Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals: Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenge of Death, A Faith That Endures, and Test, Train, Affirm, and Sending into Ministry.

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