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The Shepherd Leader

The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church
by Timothy Z. Witmer

288 pages | Paperback | Published: 2010

Summary: Leaders in the church are called to be shepherds, not a board of directors. This requires involvement in a personal shepherding ministry among the people. The Shepherd Leader unpacks the four primary ministries of shepherds—knowing, feeding, leading, and protecting—on macro (church-wide) and micro (personal) levels, providing seven elements to be incorporated into an effective shepherding plan.

About the Author:


Timothy Z. Witmer (B.A., West Chester University; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He was made pastor emeritus at Crossroads Community Church, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, after serving there for more than twenty-five years.

The Shepherd Leader

The Shepherd Leader

What Others Say About This Book:

“We plan to use The Shepherd Leader as a primary resource for all of our candidates, interns, elders, and pastors – our shepherds and shepherds-in-training.”

Philip G. Ryken, former Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

“Examines issues the church desperately needs to consider. We so deeply desire to organize and lead our churches by biblical principles, but can be confused or distracted by secular work or educational ones instead.”

Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL

“Tim Witmer’s book could not have come at a better time. So many are ‘slipping into the darkness’ and most of us don’t know what to do about it. Now we do! Churches all over America will ‘rise up and call him blessed.'”

– Steve Brown, Founder and Broadcaster, Key Life Ministries, Maitland, FL


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