A Noble Task
- Caring for the Flock Seminar
The Shepherding Idea
Shepherding evokes idyllic images of green pastures, fluffy sheep, and carefree shepherds lounging in the grass. But shepherding is not all lazy days spent by a babbling brook. Shepherding involves hard work, in fact it can be downright demanding. The sheep find themselves quite often in need of the shepherd’s care and assistance. So the shepherd spends his days watching for predators, caring for injuries, searching for strays, delivering newborn lambs, and directing his flock to the right pastures.
It is in these images that God chose to communicate not only how he cares for us, but also how church leaders are to care for the church. We see in the New Testament admonitions to “be shepherds of God’s flock,” “be examples to the flock,” and “keep watch over yourselves and all the flock.” And the very word that Ephesians 4:11 labels “pastor” finds its roots in the Greek word for shepherd. God’s people are led by modern-day shepherds, and while you won’t see a minister extracting thorns from a member’s wool or directing the Sunday school class with a staff and rod, he or she performs the same types of tasks. Preachers, elders, deacons, ministry leaders are frequently seen counseling a grieving widow, teaching from God’s Word, or celebrating a baptism. It is through the everyday tasks of church life that leaders exercise care for their flocks.
Topics to be covered:
Pastoral Ministry - What is it?
- Godly Confrontation
- Conflict and Criticism in Churches
- The Protective Role of Leaders
- Pastoral Abuse