The leadership model most frequently used in the Bible is the analogy of a shepherd taking care of his flock. Though much change has occurred over time, no other model has come along to replace this one. Some have tried to substitute political or corporate models, but they all fall woefully short of the beautiful example of the faithful shepherd who lovingly cares for his sheep.
One of best examples of shepherding that I have ever seen occurred a few years ago at the home of a church elder. Charlie and his wife had shown hospitality by inviting some of their church friends over to their house for a pool party.
At one point, a two-year-old boy got a splinter in his foot. Even after the splinter was removed, the little boy was still hurting and needing some attention. So Charlie picked him up to comfort him. The small boy snuggled into the huge man’s shoulder, and before long, all was well in his world once again.
The picture of this godly shepherd comforting one of the smallest members of his flock will be etched in my mind for many years to come. It gives me an example to follow in my own attempts to take care of the flock that God has entrusted to me.
What are some of the best memories you have of someone showing pastoral care to another individual?
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”—Acts 20:28.