The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family

The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family
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Witmer, Timothy Z.


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Husbands and dads play a crucial role in the health and survival of the family. That's why leadership expert Tim Witmer has written this book—to strengthen our efforts to lead well. He applies a biblical framework to the role of leadership in the home, showing how effective shepherding involves "knowing, leading, protecting, and providing for your family"; all the while communicating solid principles with a down-to-earth, relatable tone.

Find in this book the wise counsel and practical direction that is sure to make a difference in your family today.

Includes questions For Further Reflection at the end each chapter

About the Author

Timothy Z. Witmer (DMin, Reformed Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology and coordinator of the practical theology department at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served as senior minister of Crossroads Community Church since 1986 and is the author of The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church.

Book Details

173 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: September 2012
ISBN 10: 1433530074
ISBN 13: 9781433530074

“Another book on marriage and family life? Yes, but this one is different. It is short, but not easy; practical, but also deeply realistic; honest, but also warm. And, thankfully, for all that Tim Witmer is - Seminary Professor, Preaching Pastor, Author, Father, and Husband - there is one thing he never pretends to be, namely Guru! Perhaps that's why this is such a wonderfully encouraging book.”
- Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Tim Witmer’s The Shepherd Leader has been a huge encouragement to me and to my elders as we seek to be more faithful shepherds to our congregation. Now comes this helpful book: The Shepherd Leader at Home. In it, Witmer provides biblical, complementarian, practical direction for knowing, leading, providing for, and protecting our families. As a pastor, one of the five principle things I aim to do is to “promote family religion.” That is, perhaps, a quaint way of emphasizing that godliness in the home is vital to the health of the local church. This book is a useful aid to that end. I commend it to you warmly."
- Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

“Reading Dr. Witmer’s new book was simultaneously greatly encouraging and deeply convicting. Encouraging, because it’s saturated with the truth and hope of the gospel. Convicting, because there’s no greater measure of a man’s success that the way he loves his family. The Shepherd Leader at Home is devoid of cliché and filled with practical instruction on how to reveal the servant love of Jesus to our wives and children.”
- Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee; author, The Reign of Grace, Restoring Broken Things, and Everyday Prayers: 365 to a Gospel-Centered Faith

“With marriage and the family under present-day pressures, it takes a wise man to think and write well about being a husband and father under God. This book reveals Dr. Witmer as just such a wise man, and makes his wisdom available to us all. Highly recommended.”
- J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God

“We are faced with a serious global crisis in the collapse of the biblical family—a crisis, which will eventually lead to the collapse of the church and the society. Dr. Witmer, who already introduced the idea of shepherd leadership in the church, now explores shepherd leadership in the home from his ministerial experiences with the hope of enabling us to overcome our contemporary crisis. His book is profound, coherent, and practical from the biblical perspective. It provides biblical and practical guidelines for the happiness of the family. If you want to keep your family happier, you should read this book.”
- In Whan Kim, Professor Emeritus, Former Professor of OT Studies and President of Chonghsin University and Seminary, Seoul, Korea

"I deeply appreciated reading The Shepherd Leader at Home. It provides a great approach for leading a family by practicing the ancient shepherding principles of knowing, leading, providing for and protecting. I love the biblical foundations, warm illustrations and the the practical suggestions for caring for the flock at home. I highly recommend this book by Tim Witmer.
- Scott Thomas, Executive Director, Acts 29 Network, Pastoral Care, Mars Hill Church, co-author of Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God

"We can be thankful for many books written to help Christians raise godly families. Tim Witmer takes aim at a specific kind of Christian family—the family of the “Shepherd Leader.” And his aim is true—he hits the bull’s-eye!! This is a book that is carefully biblical but it is also practical and realistic. Tim writes about what he has experienced. This is a necessary compliment to Tim’s earlier book on shepherd leadership in the church. Maybe this one about the home should be read first.
- Steve Smallman, Assistant Pastor, New LIfe Presbyterian Church, Glenside, PA; Instructor, CityNet Ministries of Philadelphia; author, Spiritual Birthline, 40 Days on the Mountain, and The Walk

”Crossway has just published a great book by Timothy Witmer entitled, The Shepherd Leader At Home.  I’m going to give you a sneak peak at Tim’s book, sharing with you some of my favorite quotes over the next two blogs.  Pulling from the same practical wisdom  and biblical truth that marked his prior book, The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church, Tim reminds us dads the crucial role we play in the family.

”I enjoy reading new books on fatherhood and leadership in the family because I’m one of those guys who is tempted to think I’ve got the bases covered, when I still have more to learn and put into practice.  Tim’s wisdom, captured in this new book, springs from his life experience of laboring to put scriptural truths into practice with his own family.  The result is that you get much more than theory–Tim passes on helpful, practical, wisdom.

”For example, Tim suggests that you shouldn’t just live your life according to biblical principles, you should share the reasons you do what you do with your kids so they can learn the “why” behind the things you do.  Tim says, “Take the opportunity to explain to your children why you made a particular decision and which biblical principles informed that choice in your life.  I would also encourage you to be transparent enough to tell your children when you have made poor decisions and what you learned from the experience.”

”Now that’s pouring grace on a dad’s life.  Get it wrong and you can still train your children by admitting your mistakes and moving forward to correct them.  Thanks Tim!  Stay tuned for my next blog where I will share a few quotes from my favorite chapter.”
- Marty Machowski, author, The Gospel Story Bible