This is an essential book for Christian leaders to use as a fundamental guide to have a scriptural understanding of the importance of personalizing the care of the Christian life of each follower of Jesus. Retrieving and using this care of souls ministry practice is essential for nurturing Christian faith formation and renewing the church in today's world.
Pastors and lay leaders alike will gain an understanding of the importance the role of shepherding has in the congregation, the home, and beyond. The shepherd of souls ministry represents the deeply meaningful, personal, and communal life of befriending brothers and sisters in the Christian faith. It serves the work of discipleship formed through personal, trusted relationships. The world needs, and the church needs, for that ministry to happen with increased intentionality and consistency. The book includes questions for reflection and conversation at the end of each chapter and can be used as a study guide for church leadership.
The shepherd of souls ministry is based on thirty years of developing the Milestones Ministry Frame. It is a framework of principles, practices, and characteristics necessary for Christian faith formation. Shepherding souls is based on the Five Principles: 1) Faith formed and nurtured through trusted relationships; 2) Equipping shepherds through the ministry of the congregational church; 3) Serving others through the ministry of the home; 4) Understanding and developing faith formation through experiences and relationships, not just by understanding concepts; and, 5) Affirming that shepherding souls is a cross+generational ministry where adults support children and youth and where children and youth support adults of all ages.
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