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Review: “The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church”

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The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church

Timothy Z. Witmer

Presbyterian & Reformed, 2010, 240pp., paperback, $17.99 / £13.99

ISBN 978-1-59638-131-5

This is, of necessity, substantially an inward-looking book, concerned most directly with the care of the flock of God. It is a bold call for bold shepherding of a close, personal and specific nature, with much good counsel as to how to accomplish the task, and as such is warmly commended. The principles that our author sets out are clearly and Biblically delineated, but the assumed standards (the present norm) and the designated targets (the shepherd’s aims) in their outworking reveal the tragically, cripplingly low level of churchmanship that is practiced in the West today (this is not an inherent criticism of the author; I do not know his own practice). Some of his systems and recommendations can appear a little mechanical. The problem is undeniable, the principles are excellent, but the practice could do with a course of steroids.

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 19 December 2011 at 08:04

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