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A Gift For Everyone

What is the Gift of Shepherding?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To oversee, protect and feed a flock.

Description  Description 
The gift of shepherding is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to assume a long-term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believer, to nurture, care for, and guide this group toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
Ephesians 4:11-15 Isaiah 40:11
1 Timothy 3:1-7 John 10:1-16
1 Peter 5:1-4 1 Corinthians 3:1,2

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • take responsibility to nurture the whole person in their walk with God;

  • provide guidance and oversight to a group of God’s people;

  • model with their life what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus;

  • strive to lead others to greater obedience to God;

  • feel responsible to lead and protect any that God has entrusted to their care.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Caring Nurturing
Discipling Protective
Guiding Supportive
Relational Restoring

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • should realize that some of those being nurtured will grow beyond the shepherd’s own ability and need to be freed to do so;

  • need to avoid participating in gossip;

  • should remember that God judges those who neglect or abuse their oversight responsibilities.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Church nurture visitation Lay pastor
Study-group leader Singles ministry
Giving Bible studies Counselling

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category RESPONSIBILITY. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Administration Apostleship Leadership