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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.

Trench Talk Practical Shepherding

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 153 Ratings

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.

    Ep. 204: Pastors and deacons working together

    Ep. 204: Pastors and deacons working together

    What happens when deacons seek too much authority in a church? How can a pastor teach on deacons to the congregation as well as to the deacons? What ways can deacons serve their pastors?

    Jim and Brian tackle these topics and much more on this episode of Trenchtalk

    • 36 min
    Ep. 203: The Qualifications and Roles of Deacons

    Ep. 203: The Qualifications and Roles of Deacons

    What are the differences between pastors and deacons? In what ways are deacons intended to lead in the local church? How can women serve and lead in the local church? Can women serve as deacons? and how did Brian and Jim’s churches see and utilize deacons?

    Brian and Jim discuss these topics and many more on this episode of Trenchtalk.

    • 34 min
    Ep. 202: Pastoral planning for the new year

    Ep. 202: Pastoral planning for the new year

    How can a pastor plan while still holding loosely to his planning? Is there a way that a pastor can plan boastfully? How can a pastor humbly submit his plans before the Lord? What planning is essential and what plans should be held more loosely?

    Jim and Brian discuss all these and more on this episode of Trenchtalk

    • 29 min
    Ep. 201: A first among equals

    Ep. 201: A first among equals

    Is plurality important in a local church? How does a church affirm a first among equals among their pastor/elders? Is it right to use the term Sr. Pastor? How can a pastor cultivate in his church a trust in other pastor/elders? Should a pastor defer to the other pastors?

    Jim and Brian discuss these and much more on this episode of Trench Talk.

    • 30 min
    Ep. 200: 50 years of ministry with pastors wife Mai Walker

    Ep. 200: 50 years of ministry with pastors wife Mai Walker

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    (02:52) Introducing Mai Walker
    (04:22) Upbringing in Wales
    (6:38) Resisting the savior then Repenting
    (11:20) Theologies in the church
    (14:10) Thoughts on meeting & marrying a Pastor
    (17:07) Early years in ministry with young children
    (21:45) Roles of ministry for women in the church
    (24:17) Joys from decades of ministry
    (25:50) Struggles from decades of ministry
    (27:03) Stickability and grit to stay even amidst hardship
    (28:20) Children and the pastors family
    (33:01) Advice for the pastors wife
    (36:05) Advice for pastors
    (37:30) Final words and prayer

    • 38 min
    Ep. 199: 50 years of ministry with Austin Walker

    Ep. 199: 50 years of ministry with Austin Walker

    What lessons can be learned in 45+ years of ministry? What might be some joys and regrets of a ministry of that length? How might a pastor of this tenure know when it is time to step away? Upon reflection, what lessons can young aspiring pastors learn from a ministry example like this?

    Jim and Brian talk with special guest Austin Walker as he shares on this episode of Trenchtalk

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

PastorJason86 ,

I thank god for Trench Talk

I’m a relatively new pastor and had this podcast recommended to me by an older pastor in my life. Ever since I’ve been immensely encouraged by the ministry of Brian and Jim. I thank God for you men and the help that this podcast is to me and many others. Don’t grow weary in doing good.

jfry1017 ,

Always Encouraging. Always Helpful.

If you are a pastor, you need to subscribe to this podcast. Trench Talk discusses issues you likely are not able to discuss with anyone else, especially if you are the only pastor at your church. It is always helpful and always encouraging. I find myself being encouraged, being convicted, laughing at a joke, and audibly saying “Amen!” In any given episode.

Pastor RH ,

Excellent, beneficial, encouraging

I’m a new listener to Practical Shepherding. I’m greatly appreciative of their wise, thoughtful, experienced perspective on pastoral leadership from the foundation of the Scriptures and the “trenches” of church leadership.

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