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Gift of Pastoral Care/Shepherding


Written by James Nored

Pastoral Care/Shepherding

Pastoral Care/ShepherdingThose gifted in pastoral care and shepherding naturally seek to guide, guard, and nurture people in the Christian faith.  It should be noted that one can have the gift of shepherding without being an officially recognized shepherd, just as one can be an evangelist without being a paid preacher. This gift describes the function  of shepherding, not an office. An example of leading through shepherding is consistently seeking out those who need Spiritual guidance and helping them follow God (Acts 20:28-31).

Spiritual Gifts Passage on Pastoral Care/Shepherding 
“ . . . some to be pastors” (Eph. 4:11). 

Characteristics of Those with This Gift:
Have a desire and an ability to help Christians grow to greater maturity in the faith
-  Enjoy guiding, mentoring and nurturing people
-  Desire to help people overcome spiritual, emotional, or physical problems in their lives
-  Want to protect people from harmful influences and help bind up the wounded
-  Have a following of people who trust them because of their demonstrated care and attention, and who often go to them for counseling

Application
Application for World/Workplace/Neighborhood Settings
-  Look for those at work who are struggling with life issues and be a counselor and encourager for them
-  Be a father or mother figure/mentor for neighborhood kids and your children's friends
-  Offer to pray with those who are hurt, down, or in need

Application for Church Ministry
-  Serve in "discipleship" (greater maturity) type of ministries, such as post-baptismal studies, New Members classes, in-depth Bible studies; also consider serving in prayer and recovery ministries
-  Look for opportunities to mentor and encourage people
-  Spend time with your "flock,"  pray with them, and help them with life issues (marriage, parenting, etc.)

Application for Family
-  Help your family members make good life choices and grow towards greater maturity
-  Look for opportunities to help your spouse and children through emotional and spiritual valleys

Watch These Inspiring Videos of How People Have Used the Gift of Pastoral Care/Shepherding
-  Dynamic Marriage - Ron and Diane O'Neal are a couple that use their pastoral gifts to build up marriage

Testimony/Example of How People Have Used This Gift:
Steve, tanning plant manager, elder, married, father of two teenagers--“One of the great joys of my Christian walk has been the privilege to be involved with the youth group . . . . The time spent with them studying in Bible class, at retreats, at youth rallies, and other activities, has been a great opportunity to share their lives . . . . In my work life as a business manager there are ample opportunities to minister to people . . . . There was a young lady who worked as a temporary employee for me who was a recovering alcoholic . . . . She was a single mother, had 3 children living at home, and was struggling to get back into a stable work situation. I had the opportunity while she worked for me to encourage her about the responsibilities of being a parent to her children, how much her children needed her, and that the substance abuse was an impediment to her ability to do this effectively.  While she worked at my company she was able to remain substance free. Pastoral care is about being available, approachable, and willing to invest time and effort in helping others.”

 

Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:23

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