27 Jun Shepherding Your Team: Part 2
In Part 1 of Shepherding Your Team we looked at walking closely with new team members, modeling and teaching your leadership, knowing your team, and encouraging them in their spiritual journey. In this post we will look at the remaining four tips for helping you shepherd your ministry team.
1. Find your Strays
A shepherd is not only prepared to find every lost sheep, but also to face the enemy to protect the sheep that are so valuable to him. People are more valuable than sheep. Jesus died for people and they are worth the pursuit. Keep close account of those the Lord has entrusted to you so you will know when to seek out the strays and fight for their protection.
2. Flock Together
Sheep flock together to care and protect one another. Help your team establish relationships and care for each other so you are not the only one caring for them.
3. Lead with a Staff, not a Stick
Shepherds use the crook of the staff to guide the sheep, not to harshly lord over them. Set clear expectations and then empower your team members to new levels of leadership. Never give responsibility without authority.
4. Pray for your Flock
Pray for your team on a consistent basis and encourage them to pray for one another. Prayer keeps your team aligned with each other and the heart of Jesus as you minister together.
Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “You know I love You.” Jesus told him, “Shepherd My sheep.” John 21:16 (BSB)
Shepherding people is what Christ did on earth and He calls us to do the same. We hope these tips help strengthen your leadership and levels of care as you shepherd your ministry team.