The Pastor's Ministry
: Every pastor struggles with demands for his time, and how to determine priorities in ministry. Some choose to respond to the most urgent needs, while others seek a more balanced and intentional approach. But what determines these priorities? Where...
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Every pastor struggles with demands for his time, and how to determine priorities in ministry. Some choose to respond to the most urgent needs, while others seek a more balanced and intentional approach. But what determines these priorities? Where should a busy pastor look for wisdom in making decisions?
In the Pastor's Ministry, pastor and author Brian Croft looks to the Scriptures to determine the top ten priorities for a faithful pastoral ministry. These biblically rooted responsibilities help pastors determine how to spend their time and with greater discernment respond to the demands of the church. Each of these priorities is rooted in a direct command of God's Word, including:
Guarding the Truth Preaching and Teaching the Word Praying for the Flock Setting an Example Visiting the Sick Comforting the Grieving Caring for Widows Confronting Sin Encouraging the Faint-Hearted Identifying and Training Other Leaders
To be successful and faithful in pastoral ministry, every pastor needs to understand these core callings and make them part of his regular practice. These ten responsibilities guide how a pastor schedules his time, helping him to lay the foundation for a biblically faithful ministry in his church.
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.
- :introduction: God?s Shepherds Are To ?shepherd The Flock Of God Among You? (1 Peter 4:2). Shepherds Are To Watch Over The Flock As One Who Will Give An Account (heb. 13:17) Until The Chief Shepherd Appears (1 Peter 5:4).chapter 1: Guard The Truth (1 Tim 4.6-7, 16; 6.20-21; 2 Tim 1.13-14; 2.1-2)chapter 2: Preach And Teach The Word (1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:2; Acts 6.2)chapter 3: Pray For The Flock (eph. 6:18-20, 1 Thess. 5:17; Acts 6.2)chapter 4: Set An Example (1 Tim 4.12; 1 Pt 5.3 Cf. 1 Cor 11.1)chapter 5: Visit The Sick (james 5:14, Matt. 25:31-40)chapter 6: Comfort The Grieving (1 Thess. 4:13-17, John 11)chapter 7: Care For Widows (1 Tim. 5:3, Acts 6:1-7)chapter 8: Confront Sin (1 Cor. 5, Matt. 18, 1 Thess. 3, Titus 3)chapter 9: Encourage The Faint-hearted (1 Thess. 5:14, Rom. 14:1)chapter 10: Identify And Train Other Leaders (acts 6:1-7, 13:1-3; 2 Tim 2.2)conclusion