Shepherding God's Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond  -     By: Thomas R. Schreiner
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Shepherding God's Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond

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A biblical, historical, theological, and practical foundation for pastoral leadership

Pastors have been entrusted with leading the people of God. The shepherds of God's flock must protect them from and guide them through the many dangers believers face. Although ultimately the Church is led by Christ, pastors are to provide godly examples of what it means to be a follower of the Lord. Consequently, who leads the church, the type of authority they are given, how they relate to one another, to whom they are accountable, and how they are selected are of utmost importance to the life and health of God's people. This book provides the biblical, historical, theological, and practical foundation of the crucial task of leading God's people.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Ministry
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0825442567
ISBN-13: 9780825442568

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Presentation on All This Polity (particularly Baptist) & Encouragement to Pastors
    April 21, 2015
    wrightjeff
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Shepherding God's Flock is an ambitious book indeed. The work, in some sense, desires to be a one stop shop for all things polity. In its pages you will find historical (Chapters 1, 5, and 6), New Testament (Chapters 2 and 3), polemical (Chapters 7, 8, and 9) and systematic (Chapters 10 and 11) theology, all aimed at giving the reader a robust understanding of how the church should be governed. In that sense the title might perhaps be adjusted for accuracy by adding "How Should We Go About" before the current title.

    Perhaps the feature which most readers will find somewhat odd about Shepherding is that the title, which features chapters on Catholic, Presbyterian, and Anglican polity, is written exclusively by confessing Baptists. However, this matter is presented in the introductory material in an upfront fashion, thus serving the reader through an honest presentation of presuppositions.

    In an attempt to put my own biases on the table as a reviewer, I too am a confessing Baptist. Furthermore, it was with particular delight I received the notification that this book was being brought to market as (A), I am something of a polity wonk, (B) one of the editors, Tom Schreiner, is a favorite author of mine, and (C) I have a pastoral interest in Baptist ecclesiology.

    It should come as no surprise, then, that I find the arguments made in Shepherding to be entirely convincing - and even compelling. I specifically found the chapters touching on the polity held by other Christian traditions, specifically Presbyterian (written by Nathan A. Finn) and Anglican (written by Jason Duesing), fair and irenic.

    The one point I found a bit of quibble I have with Shepherding, however, comes up in this specific section - Finn seems to argue that it is a unique feature of Presbyterian polity to differentiate between "teaching" and "ruling" elders (based on 1 Timothy 5:17), asserting that Baptists have historically rejected this distinction. While it is true, as best I am aware1, Baptists have historically found no room for an elder who cannot teach (as Finn asserts) I also think it may be too great a reduction to say this text is merely functional or about compensation (pgs. 216-217).

    I believe Andrew Davis' chapter (11: Leading the Church in Today's World: What It Means Practically to Shepherd's God's Flock) would be useful and encouraging to any church leader, regardless of their final conviction on polity.

    I recommend Shepherding to anyone interested in broadening their understanding of how God's word provides care for His people through human leadership. Furthermore, anyone thinking through or examining the Baptistic perspective on ecclesiology will come away with a developed understanding of the positive assertions and nuanced disagreements the separate Baptists from other Christian traditions. This is a strong work and I believe churches will be well served when and if their leaders give Shepherding a serious read.

    1And far be it from me to challenge Finn on the subject of Baptist history.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I solicited this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an unbiased review. I disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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    Jimmy Reagan
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    Here is a book on a hot topic in our daywhat church leadership ought to look like. With a clear call to be a true shepherd, this volume also discusses church polity. It is written from a Baptist perspective, is kind to all viewpoints, and it it has no problem stating its own position. Eleven contributors join forces to give us a clear, worthwhile volume.

    Beginning in Bible times, this volume discuss how much the church borrowed from a synagogue background of the times (not as much as some say it concludes). Chapters 2-4 masterfully guide us through the Gospels, Acts, and the Epistles.

    While the volume speaks passionately at times on ministry, it could as easily find a place on the ecclesiology shelves. Two chapters explain Catholic polity. Though I found that less interesting, a good case was made for the affect that has had on all Christianity. Next we have the Presbyterian model of church government well explained. Then Anglican thought is described.

    Finally we have Baptist thought discussed. As a Baptist, I think the reasons we do not agree with the above options are well given. Then, the authors go on to show that they believe a plurality of elders are the correct biblical model too. I do not agree and was unpersuaded by the arguments given. They were fair and candid, however, in mentioning that there is little proof that this is the historic Baptist position. They work had at making their case and readers will do well in learning from them as they state issues well.

    Chapter 11 is a superb conclusion about shepherding a flock today. We can learn from this volume.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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