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Practically Trained Pastors

A 52-Week Field Guide for Ministry in the Trenches

Brian Croft and James B Carroll

Practically Trained Pastors

A 52-Week Field Guide for Ministry in the Trenches

Brian Croft and James B Carroll



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This 52-week field guide for ministry in the trenches provides a thorough and practical training program for pastors, aspiring pastors, and church ministry leaders. 

Tackling seven key areas in the life of a shepherd, Practically Trained Pastors takes a step-by-step approach to study. Each week includes a Bible passage to read, an additional reading assignment, a teaching section, a 4-5 minute video to watch, and reflection questions to help you to apply each topic to your ministry context.  

The field guide draws on experience from decades of pastoral ministry and is designed specifically to bridge the gap between academic study and the hands-on practical training necessary for the work of any pastor. 

A one-stop resource for in-the-field training, when used alongside other Practical Shepherding resources, this is the ideal course for a solo pastor to sharpen his pastoral skills, or for a lead pastor to use with his church interns, ministry leaders, or fellow elders.

Praise for Practical Shepherding and their resources:

“Brian Croft is a careful guide to faithful biblical ministry and a needed voice among Evangelical pastors. He is a thoughtful, theologically engaged practitioner and a source of sound wisdom on matters of ministry.” – Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Brian Croft loves pastors. I have benefited from his mentorship from afar through the resources of Practical Shepherding." – H.B. Charles Jr., Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL

“The Practical Shepherding books are a must-read for pastors. Brian Croft has become a pastor to pastors. Always practical and always biblical, he answers the tough questions, mentoring us from afar.” – Tim Challies, Founder,

"Brian Croft’s years of experience in local church ministry combined with his God-given wisdom and love for pastors uniquely equip him to minister to God’s undershepherds. His experience, heart for shepherding and credibility make his ministry effective in meeting needs.” – Bob Russell, former pastor, Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY

“Practical Shepherding books...should be read and re-read by every pastor as an all-important health check.” – Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia; Chancellor of the African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia; author, God's Design for the Church

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Brian Croft

Brian Croft

Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, and Senior Fellow of the Church Revitalization Center at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He founded Practical Shepherding and is the author of many books.

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James B Carroll

James B Carroll

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


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