Synopses & Reviews
What kind of leadership will effectively lead the church into the morally turbulent twenty-first century? The same kind of leadership that led it through the morally and politically chaotic first century. Shepherding.
This is the kind of leadership Jesus used, and this is the kind of leadership that will take his church where he wants it to go.
While the term "shepherd" produces warm images of love, care, and tenderness, it also describes a form of leadership that is perilously protective, dangerous, dirty, and smelly.
"Shepherd" is something that every follower of Christ, the Good Shepherd, is called to become.
Lynn Anderson, in this important book, leads us backwards in time to discover and identify the biblical leader for the future needs of the Christian community. Anderson's deep dig for truth will concern, convict, and confront us about where leadership has been, and will set a new standard for where the future leader must go.
About the Author
has been in the ministry for over thirty-five years and currently serves as president of Hope Network, a ministry dedicated to coaching, mentoring, and equipping spiritual leaders for the twenty-first century. He received his doctorate from Abilene Christian University in 1990.
Anderson's lifelong career of ministry has involved speaking nationwide to thousands of audiences and authoring eight books -- including The Shepherd's Song; Navigating the Winds of Change; Heaven Came Down; They Smell like Sheep, Volume 1; and If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts?
He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Dallas. They are the parents of four grown children and the grandparents of eight wonderful grandchildren.
Table of Contents
| ||Acknowledgments |
| ||Introduction: Stepping into the Pasture |
|Part One: ||A Biblical Look at Spiritual Leadership Principles: |
The Sort of Things Leaders Do
|Shepherds || |
|Shepherds on the Hills of Bible History |
|Distorted Leadership Models |
|Fast-Lane Flocks and Cyber-World Shepherds |
|Section Two: ||Mentors || |
|1 ||Those Who Have Walked a Long Time in the Same Direction |
|2 ||How to Mentor |
|Section Three: ||Equippers || |
|6 ||"Use 'Em or Lose 'Em" |
|7 ||How the Chief Shepherd Equipped His Flock |
|Equipping through the Shared Life |
|Part Two: ||A Biblical Look at Elders: |
The Sort of People They Are
|Section One: ||A Character Sketch || |
|9 ||Just What Is an Elder? |
|10 ||Men of Experience |
|11 ||Men of Character |
|12 ||Men of Vision |
|Section Two: ||Authority || |
|13 ||The Biblical Language of "Authority" |
|14 ||The Authority of Moral Suasion |
|Epilogue: ||A Stroll into the Morning |
| ||Discussion Questions |
| ||Additional Resources |
| ||Notes |