Monday, July 13, 2015

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Leaders are Shepherds

KEY TEXT: Jer 23:4 I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord.

KEY THOT: True leaders are shepherds—not just the “spiritual” leaders but also corporate leaders/managers. Shepherds’ main job description is to care for people under their charge. They don't just use people to fulfill their ministry/corporate goals—they care for them as people first. When people (employees & parishioners) feel cared for, they are not fearful (“fear no more), demoralized ("be dismayed”) or thinking of leaving for greener pastures (“be missing”). When we care for our people well (CG members, ministry co-workers, company employees, parishioners) they will become more motivated to stay and will be happy, contented and productive.

People come first in any work/ministry. The priority of corporate organizations (churches included) is people development and training. When people (employees, CG members, congregation) know that their leaders are shepherds, caring for their personal growth and development, they are more likely to stay, rather than leave. The shepherds of Israel have “scattered the flock and have driven them away” because they have “not attended to them.” Every leader (CG, ministry) is a shepherd, not just the officially-designated “pastor”. Leadership is shepherding. 

It’s easy for some personality-type (I’m one of such) to become overly task-oriented and forget people: I have to always remember to care for people first—whether they can contribute to the ministry or not. Every person is valuable because God has made them in his image. I remember what Dr Huan said yesterday: “The man is more important than the mission.”

Father, help me love people, not use them. May Your Spirit pour out Your unconditional love into my heart by Your Spirit. Amen.

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