Prepare Them to Shepherd (Practical Shepherding Series)
What is the Biblical model for preparing the next generation of pastors? Who is truly responsible to affirm those called? And how does the local church work with those who sense a desire to pursue this difficult role? In the...
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What is the Biblical model for preparing the next generation of pastors? Who is truly responsible to affirm those called? And how does the local church work with those who sense a desire to pursue this difficult role? In the past, the training and sending of individuals into full-time pastoral ministry and missionary work was viewed as the responsibility of the local church. Today, much of that responsibility has been passed on to Bible colleges, seminaries, and parachurch and mission organizations. The aim of Prepare Them To Shepherd is to challenge local churches to recover the biblical model for ministerial training and assume responsibility to identify and prepare gifted and godly individuals for service in Christ's body. Part of the Practical Shepherding series of books by pastor Brian Croft, this insightful book provides pastors and ministry leaders with the practical help they need to test, train, affirm, and send those who are called into ministry.
Brian Croft graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a BA in Sociology and did some graduate work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry in some manner for over 12 years and is currently in his 5th year as Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He and his wife, Cara, have 4 children: Samuel, Abby, Isabelle and Claire. His hobbies include sports (golf, tennis, racketball), playing music (piano and guitar), reading (especially biographies and American history), teaching self-defense classes and teaching his children sports and music.
- Foreword Preface Introduction 1. To What Is The Pastor Called? 2. Who Is Responsible For The External Call? 3. Who Should Receive The External Call? 4. Who Gives The External Call? 5. How Should We Proceed With The External Call? 6. What Is At Stake In The External Call? Conclusion Appendices