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Shepherding God's Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond

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A biblical, historical, theological, and practical foundation for pastoral leadership

Pastors have been entrusted with leading the people of God. The shepherds of God's flock must protect them from and guide them through the many dangers believers face. Although ultimately the Church is led by Christ, pastors are to provide godly examples of what it means to be a follower o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 10th 2014 by Kregel Publications
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Jimmy Reagan
Feb 20, 2015 Jimmy Reagan rated it really liked it
Here is a book on a hot topic in our day–what church leadership ought to look like. With a clear call to be a true shepherd, this volume also discusses church polity. It is written from a Baptist perspective, is kind to all viewpoints, and it it has no problem stating its own position. Eleven contributors join forces to give us a clear, worthwhile volume.

Beginning in Bible times, this volume discuss how much the church borrowed from a synagogue background of the times (not as much as some say it
Craig Hurst
Apr 01, 2015 Craig Hurst rated it it was amazing
“The importance of church leadership can so easily be either overstated, or understated.” (283)

It is common knowledge that when it comes to the leading of people by people, everything rises and falls on leadership. Whether it is a small business or a large multi-billion dollar corporation, both can be brought to their knees under bad leadership. Moses’ father-in-law realized as much when he approached him and suggested that he divide his oversight by appointing capable men to rule over the Israe
Mar 02, 2015 Bob rated it liked it
I've always found it interesting that scripture likens the people of God to a flock of sheep. Sheep are defenseless, are not very intelligent and easily panicked. If well-cared for by shepherds who protect, nourish, and do not abuse them, they turn grass into massive quantities of wool. I could spend time on the ways God's people are like sheep, but for the purpose of this review, the more important question is how those who lead God's people are to be like shepherds. Indeed, the term pastor is ...more
Ho Christopher
Apr 17, 2015 Ho Christopher rated it it was amazing
One of the role of the pastor is to shepherd his flock. But what does it mean? So far, to my mind, I can think of Shepherds After My Own Heart by Timothy Laniak and Shepherding God's Flock by Jay Adams, which are books related to this topic. However now having read this book, I do think there’s one more worthy book on this topic, though this book is not a book teach you how to shepherd, this is certainly a book that teaches you what it means to be a leader of a church.

Shepherding God’s Flock is
Chris Woznicki
Feb 17, 2015 Chris Woznicki rated it really liked it
Towards the end of 2014 I spent some time praying, asking God what areas of growth he wanted me to focus on in 2015. Two areas that came up were 1) Preaching and 2) Shepherding. God wanted me to work on my preaching and communication skills and God wanted me to grow in having a heart that reflects his own compassion for his flock. It almost seemed like perfect timing that Kregel asked me to review Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond.

Shepherding God’s floc
Julius McCarter
Jan 22, 2015 Julius McCarter rated it liked it
Shepherding God's Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond is a collection of essays intended to "take a step back and to consider what the Scriptures teach about leadership". The recurring theme -- that of the pastor as shepherd -- aims to demonstrate what the biblical notion of church leadership looks like. So the ultimate goal and rationale for Shepherding God's Flock is both a justification and a guide for a specific view of leadership in the local church.

Benjamin L. Merkle
Doug Hibbard
Feb 03, 2015 Doug Hibbard rated it really liked it
Shepherding God’s Flock is a hard book to classify. It’s densely-packed with theology and history. At times, it reads like more like a textbook than a professional development resource. Overall, the eleven contributors build somewhat on each other’s work, but each chapter can also stand alone.

In summary, this book addresses the theological development of church leadership. This includes historical factors, keeping in mind that “history” often falls as part of “theology” in the Christian academic
May 04, 2015 Spencer rated it really liked it
A very helpful study of Elders and Shepherding. The variety of articles on the New Testament, Church History, and contemporary practice are enlightening. I was disappointed by the narrow focus on only main-line groups in the USA. The Editors may have benefited from exploring Churches of Christ/Christian Churches whose take on plural, elder-led churches would benefit their discussion and tensions of leadership formats. These groups have consistently resolved some of the issues of the pastor v. ...more
Evan Climpson
Sep 14, 2015 Evan Climpson rated it really liked it
As noted in the book, Merkle and Schreiner assembled a quality set of scholars to write brief essays (turned into chapters) for this book. The bulk of the book is spent examining both the biblical discussion on church leadership and the history of interpretations of church leadership (Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist). The last two chapters serve as a nice conclusion, integrating the biblical and historical information into practical steps for living out biblical leadership. This is a ...more
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