Leaders in the church are called to be shepherds, not a board of directors. This requires invovlement in a personal shepherding ministry among the people. The Shepherd Leader unpacks the four primary ministries of shepherds—knowing, feeding, leading, and protecting—on macro (church-wide) and micro (personal) levels, providing seven elements to be incorporated into an effective shepherding plan.
Timothy Z. Witmer is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is Coordinator of the Practical Theology Department and Director of Mentored Ministry and Master of Divinity Programs. He is also the Minister of Preaching at Crossroads Community Church (PCA) in Upper Darby, PA, a growing multi-ethnic congregation that he has served for 21 years. Tim founded The Shepherds' Institute, an organization advancing the cause of shepherding among church leaders.
276 Pages Publisher: P and R Publishing Company Publication Date: February 2010 ISBN 10: 1596381310 ISBN 13: 9781596381315
“The Shepherd Leader is just the kind of book that those who know Tim Witmer and his work have been hoping he would write—an intelligent, biblical, balanced, pastoral, sensitive and realistic exposition of the nature of true leadership in the Christian church. And there is a double bonus: this book is as readable as it is interesting.” - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“At first I read through Tim’s book because I was an elder and interested in pastoral care. I thought it would be a nice reminder of important biblical material – maybe even inspirational. The book certainly reminded and inspired, but it did something even more. Tim wants to shepherd other elders! He lays out the biblical material in a way that is persuasive, he suggests structures that can work in any church context, he maps out the mission of a shepherd, and it’s as if he won’t quit until we are out there shepherding the flock. One moment you are reading a book and the next you are moving toward the flock. So much for relaxing with a good book.” - Ed Welch, Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; Director of the School of Biblical Counseling, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
“The Shepherd Leader examines issues the church desperately needs to consider. We so deeply desire to organize and lead our churches by biblical principles, but can be confused or distracted by secular work or education principles. Now the fine pastor and scholar Tim Witmer brings his long experience of shepherding and close examination of Scripture to bear on the practical questions of leading and training to lead in the local church.” - Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
“Tim Witmer is the faithful shepherd of a growing, urban, multi-ethnic church. In this useful and important book, he explains a biblical, practical model for shepherding ministry in a local church. We plan to use The Shepherd Leader as a primary resource for all of our candidates, interns, elders, and pastors -- our shepherds and shepherds-in-training.” - Phillip Ryken
“Tim Witmer ably guides us into rich pastures of writing on what it truly means to “shepherd” God’s people. For men called to love sheep, the results both compel and convict. For leaders who long to be faithful in the field, this book offers a wealth of theological and practical insight.ing about what church leaders should do and, therefore, what they should be. Too many church leaders perceive of themselves as a “board of directors” when the Bible is clear that they are to know, feed, lead, and protect the flock entrusted to their care.” - Dave Harvey, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Covenant Fellowship Church
“Tim Witmer's book could not have come at a better time. So many are "slipping into the darkness" and most of us don't know what to do about it. Now we do! In a Biblical, practical and wise way, Dr. Witmer reminds us, admonishes us and teaches us. Churches all over America will "rise up an call him blessed.” - Steve Brown, Key Life Ministries
“The book is an outstanding presentation of how to engage in effective shepherding in a local congregation. I cannot recommend it too highly.” - Derek Thomas