The Pastor's Ministry: Biblical Priorities For Faithful ShepherdsISBN: 9780310516590
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 author Brian Croft looks to the Scriptures to determine the top ten priorities for a faithful pastoral ministry. These biblically rooted responsibilities help pastors determine how to spend their time and with greater discernment respond to the demands of the church. Each of these priorities is rooted in a direct command of God's Word, including:
Guarding the Truth
Preaching and Teaching the Word
Praying for the Flock
Setting an Example
Visiting the Sick
Comforting the Grieving
Caring for Widows
Encouraging the Faint-Hearted
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 ten responsibilities guide how a pastor schedules his time, helping him to lay the foundation for a biblically faithful ministry in his church.
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.
"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." - Dr. Albert Mohler, president of 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 twenty years ago." - David Murray, professor of practical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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