The Shepherding Ministry provides spiritual care and oversight for the members of the congregation. Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd, who lovingly cares for and serves his sheep. One of the roles of the elders is to serve as under-shepherds of Christ, lovingly leading, serving, and caring for the members of the church (1 Pet. 5:2). The author of Hebrews says that the elders “keep watch over your souls” (Heb. 13:17). He goes on to say that the elders are to do this with joy, and indeed it is a great joy and privilege for the elders to serve the congregation in this way. Shepherding includes praying, teaching, encouraging, counseling, and correcting, as we all seek to grow in the faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Each family in the church is assigned to a particular elder, although any member is free to go to any elder for support, counseling, prayer, or any other issues. Members are encouraged to seek prayer and guidance with any issues – marriage, parenting, faith, struggles, trials, etc. – early rather than late. As Christians, we all struggle at various times, and we are commanded to bear one another’s burdens.
Please pray for your elders (Heb. 13:18), for we know that we are not sufficient for these things. Thanks be to God, and to our Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace is sufficient, and whose power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).