Shepherds Lead from the Front

This is a great little image about pastoral leadership from my colleague and friend Hershael York:

On one of my trips to Israel I once saw a man behind a flock of sheep, driving them down the road by holding out two long sticks, one on either side, in an attempt to force them to stay together in front of him. Puzzled that I had never seen a shepherd lead his sheep like that, I asked my guide, Zvi, “Why is that shepherd driving his sheep that way? I’ve never seen that before.” “Oh,” he answered. “That’s not a shepherd. That’s a butcher. He has bought those sheep and now he has to drive them to the slaughterhouse. They won’t follow him, because they don’t know him. He can’t lead them, so he has to drive them.”

Shepherds lead from the front. Butchers drive from behind.

The rest of the post is the text of John 10:1-15. Read it.

2 Responses to Shepherds Lead from the Front

  1. Christiane Smith January 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    The shepherds who follow Christ will be enabled to show the beauty and the form of Christian life and let people be drawn to it.

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