Practical Shepherding: Trench Talk



Practical Shepherding is a Gospel-driven resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical matters of pastoral ministry. In this podcast, pastor Brian Croft sits down with other pastors to discuss the gritty details of pastoral ministry. Our goal is to examine the life and work of a pastor and give helpful guidance for our brothers laboring with us. This is a podcast by pastors for pastors. We are in the trenches of ministry with you, and we want to equip you to continue in this task.


  • When the Pastoral “Blahs” do not Lift

    17/12/2019 Duración: 24min

    Why is Pastoral Ministry more draining than any other vocation? How do we fight through the fatigue that follows the Sunday gathering? Are there ways to identify a lack of sharpness of mind versus backsliding? Is the enemy scheming in…Read more ›

  • Meaningful in-home visits with members

    10/12/2019 Duración: 23min

    Is it important to visit members in their homes? How frequently should I meet with them? Do in-home visits benefit my preaching ministry in any tangible way? What depth, if any, do these visits bring to my ministry? What principles…Read more ›

  • Thinking Through Weddings

    26/11/2019 Duración: 25min

    How does the pastor approach the cultural expectations of weddings from a biblical perspective? Should a pastor be active or passive concerning a couple’s expectations for their wedding? In what cases should a wedding be regarded as a service of…Read more ›

  • Pastoral Advice to Our Younger Selves

    19/11/2019 Duración: 24min

    As pastors mature in ministry, how is it profitable to reflect on what advice they might give to their younger selves? What Scriptural warrant might a pastor have for such reflection? Does being in pastoral ministry increase one’s personal sanctification?…Read more ›

  • Silence and Solitude

    12/11/2019 Duración: 17min

    Are you a people-person type pastor who derives energy from connecting with and interacting with people? Why does silence make some pastors uneasy? Is the practice of silence and solitude a necessary discipline for pastors? How to noise and business…Read more ›

  • Pastoring and Church Planting with Al Pino

    05/11/2019 Duración: 25min

    Special guest Al Pino, Cuban-American pastor and church planter from South Florida, joins Brian in this episode. What is the church, and for what does the church exist? How does a pastor with a heart for missions plant a church…Read more ›

  • Introducing Your Church to Church Discipline

    22/10/2019 Duración: 23min

    Every pastor must think through the difficult topic of church discipline. What does Scripture say about the responsibility of the church to confront sin in its membership? Why is church discipline important in the life of the church? Who are…Read more ›

  • How Does a Pastor Grow as a Preacher?

    15/10/2019 Duración: 23min

    Does a pastor ever “arrive” in his preaching ministry? Should a pastor always progress in his competency to preach? What are some practical ways a preacher can grow in preaching competency? How might a pastor evaluate his own preaching? How…Read more ›

  • What is Church Membership?

    08/10/2019 Duración: 23min

    Why is membership important in the life of the church? What does Scripture say concerning church membership? How is membership in the local church defined? What commitments are requisite to church membership? What processes should a person be required to…Read more ›

  • Practicalities to Help the Needy

    17/09/2019 Duración: 21min

    What are some of the practicalities of benevolence ministry? Meeting physical needs is an issue every pastor will deal with in his ministry. How do we handle these issues in a manner that is biblical and honors Christ? How do…Read more ›