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 a book written by Baptist theologians but it is definitely not just meant for those who belong to the baptism denomination. Two clear strengths can quickly be identified from this book, first, it aims to show the readers what the bible has to say about the church leadership, next it aims to compare and show the differences each denominations has in regards to the structure of how they shepherd their flock.
4 chapters are devoted to finding out what church eldership is according to the bible. One chapter compares the differences between the old testament usage of the word elders, and the new testament definitions of elder. Another chapter was devoted to the gospel, looking at how Jesus shepherded his disciples. The next chapter then focused on Acts and Paul’s letters to the church, while the remaining chapter focused on general epistles and Paul’s pastoral epistles.
In the next section, different denominations are examined in regards to their governance. It was a delightfully surprise to see that this book has also included 2 chapters on the Catholic church. Given the long history of the Catholic church, it was a good decision to spilt this into two separate chapters.
Lastly, three protestant denominations were examined individually, the Anglicans, Presbyterians and the Baptist. These chapters certainly argued for the Baptist position, yet they were able to present the denominations in a fair and accurate way. It was a joy to read through these chapters as they present the history and the structure of the different denominations.
The last 2 chapters then helps the readers to consolidate what has been covered in the book and to practical-ise them. First the theology of church leader is presented, and next some practical advice and suggestions are given to the present leaders.
I found this book to be very informative and helpful in understanding this topic. Even if you are not a baptist, you still can give this book a read. This book would be helpful to young pastors as this is not like a perspectives book, which give you a picture of what different denominations has to say about church leadership, it also packs within it, many biblical truths from the bible to teach the readers what the bible has to say about being a elder.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review