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Oversee God's People: Shepherding the Flock Through Administration and Delegation

(Practical Shepherding)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Bible gives instruction to those called to church leadership, challenging them to shepherd God’s people by exercising oversight. But what does that mean? And how is it done in a way that is faithful to God and effective in enabling growth, individually and corporately?

The Practical Shepherding series of guides provides pastors and ministry leaders with practical help t
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Zondervan
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George Marshall
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book with bountiful good advice on picking up the leadership mantel within the church. Sometimes it was unclear whether the context was a staff-led church or an elder-led church, but I felt the authors still did a great job of illuminating the role of pastors and pushing toward shared leadership and ministry.

Later chapters are increasingly filled with suggestions that have little biblical underpinning, but are reasonable concerns in our modern church context. Earlier chapters are much
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short and efficient, with excellent Biblical references. Some of the martial will be familiar if you've read Croft's other Practical Shepherding books, but overall this is a good addition to the growing list of Practical Shepherding resources. It'd a be a great resource for Elders to study together.
Taylor Sines
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great baseline guide for theological/administrative vision for the pastor and his responsibilities. Helpful for new pastors and longtime pastors who need a fresh reminder of what they need to focus on most.
Nate Mason
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book is short, it is packed with nuggets of practical information. Since it is easy to read, it is ideal for lay leaders and lay pastors in a church.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very helpful resource for pastors to have on hand. Though brief, the authors cover many topics dealing with administration and delegation.
Jim Savastio
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful and practical!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Good stuff. Simple, but some really helpful, 5 star paragraphs throughout.
Shaun Lee
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found the book to be a rather enjoyable read! I felt the love the authors had for the sheep and the shepherds (in contrast to other authors' love for their pockets in their writing of yet another useless self-justifying book of their opinionated practices). The content was easily comprehensible and engaging enough to read large chunks at a go. The references were Scripture were helpful and I did not find myself being jolted by any weird out of context citing that typically plagues books on pra ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
It's not that this book is poorly written, but that's it's so general that I'm not certain who would truly gain from reading it.

I suppose a church planter looking for an aerial view of what an oversee does could glean from the chapter titles and headings.

For a book that costs more than $10 we should get more than a summary of the outline.
Pete Williamson
A quick read. Does a good job of mapping out the responsibilities of the pastor and providing several useful little nuggets that I hope to make use of.
Brad Merchant
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Helpful, but not practical enough.
Rand Hall
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
A 30,000' overview. Not very deep. Croft's choice to use "administrate" rather than "administer" was grating...and since it was a focus of the book it was endless nails on a chalkboard.
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Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry.

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