There are few things as important as it relates to the Church as the leadership structure, yet it is something that many at “ground level” really don’t spend a lot of time talking about. I found “Shepherding God’s Flock” tremendously helpful as it put forth the Theology behind the shepherding of God’s flock as well as discussing the biblical history of leadership beginning in the Old Testament and continuing into the New. I particularly enjoyed reading about the history and development of leadership structures throughout the various Christian traditions. This is tremendously helpful for the modern day leader to see why we are where we are, and the strengths and/or weaknesses in whatever leadership structure in our particular expression of the church.
Each author in this book is writing as a Baptist which could lead some to fear there may be bias in the writing and in the conclusions the authors arrive at. Overall I feel the writers did a decent job of steering clear of this danger, though I wonder if it may have been more beneficial to have a wider variety of authors to represent their particular traditions, though then you would simply receive bias in another direction. Again, this book seems to be very fair in it’s observations.
This book at times reads like a text book, and is a bit academic, but I think it is still accessible to the lay person who is simply interested in the theology and history of church leadership. “Shepherding God’s Flock” is a valuable resource and I would say an important read for the Pastor/Church Leader and especially for the student and aspiring Pastor to see the importance of maintaining a biblical leadership within the church.
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.