Chapter 6 – Leading Like a Shepherd

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Identify the Good Shepherd.
  • Identify the one true sheepfold.
  • Summarize responsibilities of the shepherd.
  • Summarize warnings to bad shepherds.
  • Apply natural principles of shepherding to leadership.

INTRODUCTION

Another analogy or natural parallel illustrating leadership is that of a shepherd. In the natural world, a shepherd is one who cares for sheep. A “fold” is a group or flock of sheep. In the spiritual world, people are compared to sheep. We are either sheep who have gone astray spiritually (Isaiah 53:6) or who have become part of the “fold” or “flock” of the Lord.

Jesus referred to Himself as the “Good Shepherd” and explained in detail what shepherding involves. This example is one of the greatest illustrations of spiritual leadership (see John 10). To be an effective leader, you must not only know the Good Shepherd and be related to Him personally, you must also learn how to lead like a shepherd.

Peter confirms that we are to lead like shepherds:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof…
(I Peter 5:2)

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.