Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
It seems simple enough: when you give someone a leadership role, you should expect them to take care of the group they’re leading. But often times, we give them administrative responsibility without the privilege of shepherding.
“You track attendance, but tell me who needs to be prayed for.”
“You run the meeting, but I’ll take care of visiting the hospital.”
“You park the cars, but let me handle the marriage problems of the guys in the orange vests.”
If someone carries the title of “leader” in your church, they should also bear the burden of a shepherd. They should be the first line of care when a need arises in their group. They should be the primary champion of spiritual growth for the people they lead. They should be among the first at the hospital or funeral home or wedding celebration when a major life change occurs.