The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing

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The Shepherd Leader is a book that strives to bring the importance of shepherding to the forefront of our thinking about what church leaders should do and, therefore, what they should be. Too many church leaders perceive of themselves as a "board of directors" when the Bible is clear that they are to know, feed, lead, and protect the flock entrusted to their care.

Author Biography

Timothy Z. Witmer is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is Coordinator of the Practical Theology Department and Director of the Mentored Ministry and Master of Divinity Programs. He is also the Minister of Preaching at Crossroads Community Church (PCA) in Upper Darby, PA, a growing multi-ethnic congregation that he has served for 21 years. Tim founded The Shepherds' Institute, an organization advancing the cause of shepherding among church leaders.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Biblical and Historical Foundations
Not a New Idea: Old Testament Themesp. 11
Fulfillment: The Good Shepherd and the Apostolic Imperativep. 29
Lost and Found: Where Did All the Shepherds Go?p. 45
The Shepherd's Biblical Right to Lead: A Few Words about Authorityp. 75
So What's a Shepherd to Do? A Comprehensive Matrix for Ministry
Shepherds Know the Sheepp. 107
Shepherds Feed the Sheepp. 139
Shepherds Lead the Sheepp. 155
Shepherds Protect the Sheepp. 169
Putting it all Together
Seven Essential Elements of an Effective Shepherding Ministryp. 193
Implications of Having a Shepherding Ministryp. 225
Let's Get Started! Suggestions for Implementationp. 241
Conclusionp. 247
Additional Resourcesp. 251
"Arguments against Term Eldership"p. 255
Index of Scripturep. 263
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