True leaders care more about the people entrusted to them than the dream they aspire to realize.
In this short video introduction De Waal Esterhuizen shares on how leaders should increasingly be aware of the needs of others as you work in a group. This is part of the Leadership Growth Series of 2016 (https://youtu.be/9bV7AYmR6aY)
1 Peter 5:1-4
1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Observation and reflection questions
- To whom was this exhortation addressed? (v1)
- List all the titles he gives to the church leaders in this portion of Scripture. (v1, 2, 3)
- What do we learn from the role of these leaders as revealed by these titles?
- What is the core command/ exhortation in this portion of Scripture? (v2)
- What (or Who) is the standard of “good shepherding” (v4)
- What is the promise of “good shepherding”? (v4)
- What does Peter say about how not to lead? (v2-3) Put this in your own words.
- What does this phrase “shepherd the flock” mean? Unpack this phrase.
Application questions and prayer
Throughout the Bible leaders are referred to as “shepherds” because of the patient, intimate care which God calls for. Moses, David and Amos were only allowed to lead God’s people after being shepherds for some time. Jesus bears the titles Good Shepherd and Great (Superior) Shepherd. All these imply that godly leadership lead with patient, caring and loving concern of the abilities, limitations and needs of each individual person.
- Take three people you are responsible for in your responsibility as leader. Do the following for each of these three people today:
- Briefly list the dreams, hopes and aspirations he/she holds dear to their heart. Do you know of any promises from God?
- What are the fears he / she faces currently?
- What burden is heavy on his/her heart?
- What is his/her greatest obstacle now?
- What is his/her greatest joy at the moment?
- Pray to God for each of these three people according to your notes today from your heart.
- Look at your list. Send an encouraging voice note to each of these members today, telling them you prayed for them. Let them know you care and that God cares about them.