Bring Gospel Hope in the Midst of Death
The phone rings: “Pastor, can you do my mother’s funeral?” Or, “Please help usour baby just died.” Death comes unexpectedly, giving you two to three days of time to prepare a sermonin the midst of caring for a grieving family. This helpful book walks a pastor through the logistics of memorial services, burials, and working with funeral homesusing the four P’s: Plan, Prepare, Preach, and Perform. It shows how to magnify Christ and the gospel in the midst of all the details, demands, and sorrow that surrounds the death of a loved one.
The Practical Shepherding series of books provides pastors and ministry leaders with advice and practical help to do the work of pastoral ministry in a local church. In Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals, experienced pastors Brian Croft and Phil A. Newton offer readers a concise guide to conducting funerals that glorify God and offer a timely message of hope.
About the Author
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry.
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This is part of Day One's 'Ministering The Master's Way' series, aimed at being a useful shelf of titles dealing with key aspects of Christian ministry with theological, pastoral and practical elements. It is an excellent addition and the subtitle of 'Applying the Gospel at the unique challenges of death' explains the emphasis of the narrative. It is a concise guide, being a little over 100 pages, but in other ways it is wide ranging with the two authors, Brian Croft and Phil A Newton, both Baptist Church Senior Pastors, dividing up the task of writing on planning, preparing for, preaching at and performing funeral services. Brief Appendices are added with examples given for funeral sermons, for appropriate eulogies, for the selection of appropriate music and for examples of the Orders of Funeral Service. While this may not be applicable for all, it is nonetheless a useful and fitting addition. This is worthy of reading by ministers and others that are asked at times to conduct funeral and memorial services. The Authors each give a personal Introduction to the book and that itself shows the unique perspective that each has taken in their writing task. This is both a useful and necessary book. A useful addition to the Minister's or Church reference shelf.