Goals Of A Shepherd

 

1. Every shepherd must desire to become a GOOD shepherd.
I am the good shepherd: the GOOD SHEPHERD giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:11
a. You are a good shepherd when your shepherding style is like that of Christ.

b. You are a good shepherd when your pastoring style is like Christ’s and your fruits are the same as His.

2. Every shepherd must desire to become a GREAT shepherd.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that GREAT SHEPHERD of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Hebrews 13:20

a. You are a great shepherd when you have gained much knowledge and skill as a shepherd.                                                                                                  

b. You are a great shepherd when you have large numbers of sheep under your care.

c. You are a great shepherd when you have pastored successfully for many years.

3. Every shepherd must desire to become a CHIEF shepherd.

And when the CHIEF SHEPHERD shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
1 Peter 5: 4
a. You become a chief shepherd when you have other under-shepherds under you. Being a chief shepherd is the same as being an overseer of other pastors.

Extract from one of the best books on shepherding, "The Art of Shepherding" by Dag Heward-Mills