The Gift of Shepherding

Normally we think of “shepherding” as the responsibility of the Pastor.  However, anyone can have this spiritual gift. When I discovered that this was one of my gifts I understood why I enjoy leading small groups and being the spiritual gifts coordinator for our congregation.  Here is some information about this gift from my Fanning the Flame material.

Literal Meaning: To shepherd a flock

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 believers.

Distinctives:

  • 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 Christ
  • Establish trust, loyalty, and confidence through long-term relationships
  • Lead and protect those within their span of care

People with the gift of shepherding have the following traits:

  • Influencing
  • Nurturing
  • Guiding
  • Discipling
  •  Protecting
  • Supportive
  • Relational

If you have this spiritual gift you might use it as a small group facilitator, Sunday School or Confirmation class teacher;  leader of a program for New Members of Discipleship training.

For references to this gift see: Ephesians 4:11;  1 Thessalonians 5:12 or 1 Timothy 3:1-7

For other posts on spiritual gifts see:

The Spiritual Gift of Leadership

The Spiritual Gift of Service

What are the Spiritual Gifts?

 

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