There are very few things I would fire a staff member over, but hurting the sheep is one of them. The people on my staff are given room to make a lot of mistakes. In fact, I welcome mistakes, as long as someone’s not making the same mistake over and over again. But if a staff member hurts the sheep, there’s not much leniency.Practically speaking, someone is hurting the sheep when he is not fulfilling his role in relation to the sheep. Click To Tweet
Practically speaking, someone is hurting the sheep when he is not fulfilling his role in relation to the sheep. That is, he’s not providing the care he’s supposed to, he’s not where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there to meet with sheep, and/or he’s leading his volunteers poorly. You get the idea. Part of your role is to make sure that none of your under-shepherds hurt the sheep. You simply can’t allow it to happen.
You have the same call on your life that Peter had on his–to take care of Jesus’ sheep. Are you being intentional about it, or are you letting your sheep laze around, get hungry, and wander into danger? I challenge you to start leading, feeding, and protecting your sheep like a renegade. Shepherd well the flock God has given you. After all, one day you will present it to the Good Shepherd as the evidence of your work on this earth.You have the same call on your life that Peter had on his--to take care of Jesus' sheep. Click To Tweet
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from pgs. 127-128 of The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry.
Drawing from Nelson Searcy’s decades of ministry experience, The Renegade Pastor is a relevant, step-by-step resource for church leaders who are ready to step up in surrender to the pursuit of God’s best for his or her life and work.
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