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Book Recommendation: “The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family Through the Pressures of Pastoral Ministry” by Brian and Cara Croft

by Derek Brown – Aug 29

Brian Croft, Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and Founder of, and his wife have co-written a book to encourage pastors entitled, The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family Through the Pressures of Pastoral Ministry.  Below is a description of the book and a link to a recent review.

From Amazon: Featuring insights from the perspective of both a pastor and his wife—The Pastor’s Family identifies the complicated burdens and expectations ministry brings to the life of a family. Brian and Cara Croft identify the unique challenges that pastors face as husbands and fathers. They also discuss the difficulties and joys of being a pastor’s wife and offer practical advice on raising children in a ministry family. In addition to addressing the challenges of marriage and raising children, they also highlight the joys of serving together as a family and the unique opportunities pastors have to train their children and lead their families. With discussion questions for use by couples and pastoral reading groups, this book is ideal for pastors and their spouses, pastoral ministry students and their wives, as well as elders, deacons, and others who wish to remain faithful to the care of their families while diligently fulfilling their calling in ministry. The Pastor’s Family equips pastors with time-tested wisdom to address the tension of family and congregational dynamics while persevering in their calling.

Read a review by Tim Challies here.

Tim Challies concludes his review with a high commendation.

All throughout the history of the church there have been pastors—and you may well know some of them—who have sacrificed their families on the altar of ministry. Too many neglected wives and forsaken children can testify to men who time and time again chose ministry in place of family. Every pastor can testify to the power of this temptation, which is exactly why there is such an urgent need for The Pastor’s Family. This book challenges pastors to care first and best for their wives and children and it carefully draws upon biblical wisdom to allow them to do that very thing. It is a book I intend to read with Aileen and one I heartily recommend to every pastor.