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Mutual Shepherding Required

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in blog links, community, discipleship, elders | 1 comment

Dave Black posted this on his blog this afternoon (Monday, February 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm – emphasis in original):

Pastor friend: You can’t care for the flock yourself. The demands are too many. The needs are too diverse.

Pastor friends (note the plural; I am referring to a church that has multiple elders/pastors): You can’t care for the flock yourselves. The demands are too many. The needs are too diverse.

Whether your church has a single pastor or several, the message is the same: Every-member ministry will begin when you start to accept the limitations of your love, energy, and giftedness.

AMEN! Jesus shepherds the church through the whole church! Should elders shepherd? Yes, of course. But then, all believers are called to shepherd (care for) one another.

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  1. 2-15-2010

    I HALF agree with this. Every person should be discipled (Shepherded) by someone. But not mutual. If I were shepherding you, it would be my lifes purpose to see you succeed in every area of your life. Health, Spiritual, family, work, finances, relationships, marriage, child rearing, planning for later in life. EVERYTHING.

    Then after you start to get the pattern YOU begin shepherding someone else. Not me. And then I am being shepherded by someone who’s life’s assignment is to make me successful. Fulfill my destiny.

    THAT is what true Shepherding should look like. And does in many places, not much in the USA however.