by Brian Fletcher

Shepherd and Lead the Church
Brian Fletcher
1 Peter 5:1-5

Introduction: Maybe you've had this conversation at your house with your elementary school age child...

Kid: ''Hey dad, our class is going on a field trip and they need chaperones. Will you come and be a chaperone for my trip?''

Dad: ''Uh, sure, I'd love to!''

Later that night, in bed with your wife...

Wife: ''I'm so glad you are going to chaperone the field trip, you will get some great father/son time.''

Husband: ''Uh, yeah, I really don't want to go. I mean, all those 3rd graders running around? I've got to ride the school bus for 3 hours? I love our kid, but I'm going to have to be in charge of a bunch of other kids too. I don't know if I can do it. Maybe you should go instead.''

Wife: ''hahahahahahahaha''

Taking on leadership is not easy. Sometimes we want to do it but sometimes we don't. We may not feel adequate, or we may not be interested in the people we've been called to lead. But the truth is, as leaders of a church we are called to shepherd and lead God's people. And this is not only a significant responsibility but also a great honor.

In this passage we read about Peter ''exhorting'' the elders and leaders of the churches in the dispersion to take up the mantle of leadership and shepherd the people in their churches. But Peter also makes sure they know that there is a godly ''attitude'' that goes along with leading.

Let's take a look at three aspects of leading and shepherding a flock...

1. A leader leads willingly, not under compulsion.

Peter is bringing home the point that there is no point in being an elder or leader unless you want to do it and are willing to do it. This is a calling upon one's life and should not be taken lightly.

The dad from our introduction was going on the field trip to chaperone, but he was going under compulsion, he really did not want to do it. Leading under compulsion is a problem for several reasons. First, the people y ...

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