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Facing Snarls and ScowlsPreaching through Hostility, Apathy and Adversity in Church Revitalization

Facing Snarls and Scowls

Preaching through Hostility, Apathy and Adversity in Church Revitalization

Brian Croft and James B. Carroll
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Pastor, the hard work of church revitalization is a unique experience and battle ground. It can feel like you’re all alone. But the trials you face are not new. Faithful preachers throughout scriptures and church history have encountered hostility, apathy, and adversity, and continue to do so today. Brian Croft and James Carroll here share their personal stories and seek to encourage you to faithfully persevere in this Spirit–empowered, God–honoring, Christ–exalting work.

Brian Croft

About Brian Croft

Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

James B. Carroll

About James B. Carroll

James B. Carroll has been the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist in Bardstown, Kentucky since 2010.


  • Authors: Brian Croft and James B. Carroll
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Pages: 160
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527103825
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Preaching


There is sufficient simple biblical realism in this volume to make it widely applicable. Both authors have faced particular battles in different difficult contexts, and both seek to filter that experience through the grid of Scripture, to give counsels and encouragements for those seeking to revitalise troubled or stubborn churches in accordance with the Word of God. Even more settled pastors in more solid churches will find much to stimulate and to instruct in this helpful and accessible volume.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, UK

From the Bible, and from examples drawn from Church history, as well as their personal experiences, these authors encouraged my own heart. If the fire in your heart is burning low, this is the book that will help reignite the gift God has given you to be a faithful preacher, no matter the cost.

Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago, Illinois
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