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poimainō

The Bible has some very clear instructions for all believers, but especially for those who are leaders in the Church. Take for example these words of Peter:

“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you…” - 1 Peter 5:2

Peter is specifically addressing the “Elders” here, but the principles contained in this short verse speak greatly into what the leader in the local church is tasked with. To Shepherd the flock is most definitely the charge of local church Pastors, howeverCertainly the principle behind the word speaks to the task of every person exercising a leadership role within the local church.

The Greek word for Shepherd, poimainō, is an interesting one that can be broken down into two parts. First, the servant-leader is to “feed” the flock. This means that those with authority positions must know the Word and be able to teach it in a way that feeds the souls of the people under their care.

The second part of the word “shepherd” means to “tend.” Tending has less to do with teaching the Word and more with guiding the heart. The leader needs to not only know the Word but also be able walk with those under their care, guiding them through everything that this world can throw.

Beginning on September 10th Abba’s House will begin our Fall Semester where we will be offering classes centered around each of these aspects of shepherding. In Hermeneutics, students will learn how to read and study the Bible in a way that results in solid, accurate teaching that transforms lives. In our second class, Relational Ministry, students will learn very practically what it means to walk with people in a biblically relational way.

These two classes will equip church leaders like you to more successfully shepherd the people that God has put in your life.

To register for one or both of these classes, please visit www.abbashousenb.org/admissions.