Every pastor struggles with demands for his time, and how to determine priorities in ministry. What determines these priorities? Where should a busy pastor look for wisdom in making decisions? And where can we learn to do these pivotal, practical pieces of shepherding like raising up leaders, visiting the sick, and caring for widows?
Join us for our Fall event to explore these issues with Brian Croft, founder of Practical Shepherding. We've worked to make this event free for members and non-members, and we hope you'll carve out time to be with us!
- Welcome, Singing, and Refreshments
- Message 1: The Pastor's Ministry
The pastor's life is full of demands on his time. It's easy to lose track of what's important and listen instead to what feels urgent. Brian will help us understand the most important elements of the pastor's ministry and give us tools to do them well in the midst of pastoral life.
- Short break for refreshments
- Message 2: Raising Up Elders & Leaders
Whether you are pastoring a small church or a large one, whether you just arrived at your church or you've been there for decades, raising up elders can be a challenge. In this message Brian will help us understand the priority of raising up leaders and show us how to make it a reality in our local churches.
- Break for lunch
- Q & A
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding, Inc. He is also Senior Fellow for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization and an Adjunct Professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the husband of Cara and father of four children, son, Samuel and daughters, Abby, Isabelle, and Claire. He has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty years, while serving the last fourteen of those years as Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church.
Brian has written or contributed to over a dozen books to help serve pastors and church leaders on the practicalities of pastoral ministry. Brian’s most recent book, Biblical Church Revitalization was a finalist for book of the year in 2016 with The Gospel Coalition. In addition to his writing, Brian travels all over the world preaching at local churches, speaking at conferences, and training pastors.
Why Should I Come?
Watch Brian tell the story of the "crazy" first five years at his church, and how he came to understand the importance of practical shepherding: