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Facing Snarls & Scowls: Preaching Through Hostility, Apathy, and Adversity in Church Revitalization
Croft, Brian & James Carroll

Facing Snarls & Scowls: Preaching Through Hostility, Apathy, and Adversity in Church Revitalization

ISBN: 9781527103825
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Book Description:

Pastor, the hard work of church revitalization is a unique experience and battle ground. It can feel like you're all alone. But the trials you face are not new. Faithful preachers throughout scriptures and church history have encountered hostility, apathy, and adversity, and continue to do so today.

Brian Croft and James Carroll here share their personal stories and seek to encourage you to faithfully persevere in this Spirit-empowered, God-honoring, Christ-exalting work.


Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

James B. Carroll has been the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist in Bardstown, Kentucky since 2010.


There is sufficient simple biblical realism in this volume to make it widely applicable. Both authors have faced particular battles in different difficult contexts, and both seek to filter that experience through the grid of Scripture, to give counsels and encouragements for those seeking to revitalise troubled or stubborn churches in accordance with the Word of God. Even more settled pastors in more solid churches will find much to stimulate and to instruct in this helpful and accessible volume.
--Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, UK

It seems I have read enough books on preaching to populate a small book store, but never one like this. Both authors have served as faithful preachers in a revitalizing context for many years and have long practiced the things they write about here. Read it and be reminded (and instructed) that the power of God for transformation-for the church-lies in what the apostle Paul calls "the foolishness of preaching."
--Jeff Robinson, Pastor, Christ Fellowship Church of Louisville, Kentucky and Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition

Despair, fatigue, and frustration are grave threats to pastoral ministry. How does one not only endure but improve as a preacher when there is little affirmation and few signs of growth? Here is a book that gives advice and inspiration for preachers who need encouragement to stay true to their calling to preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:1).
--Joe Barnard, Executive Director, Cross Training Ministries

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 159
Author: Croft, Brian & James Carroll
Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2019