Shepherding Ministry

57 minutes

The Christ the Center panel had the privilege of talking with Dr. Tim Witmer, professor of practical theology, coordinator of the PT department, and supervisor of the mentored ministry program at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia as well as pastor of Crossroads Community Church (PCA) in Upper Darby, PA, about his new book, The Shepherd Leader:  Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church (P&R).  The discussion revolved around the importance of formal and informal shepherding in the church by pastors and elders (and assisted by deacons) so that all members of a congregation are cared for.  The book and the related courses at WTS stem from Dr. Witmer’s doctoral work at Reformed Theological Seminary and his extensive church planting and revitalization experience.  This program demonstrates that sound doctrine produces sound practice.

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7 Responses to “Shepherding Ministry”

  1. Camden Bucey says:

    You can pick up the book for $5 right now. The deal is ending soon, so jump to it!

  2. I am surprised this broadcast did not generate more comments. We have practiced pastoral oversight for as long as I have been a Reformed Baptist, 25 years. It was so fresh to hear someone else with these convictions. Not only so, Pastor Witmer far exceeded my expectations for what he would bring to this discussion. This was very edifying. I followed up all the links about his books and website I could find.

  3. Camden Bucey says:

    Thomas, I’m glad you found it useful. The course from which the book is based was excellent. I hope the book is used to revive proper, biblical care for the flock.

  4. Ben Palmer, Melbourne says:

    Thank you for this discussion, which I’ve only just gotten around to hearing. While I am very thankful for the Biblical and confessional faithfulness of the Presbyterian congregation of which I am a member (and not an office-bearer) – there is some room for improvement in this area. I would be interested to know if some elders who are committed to “shepherding” their members prefer to invite them to their own homes once or twice a year, rather than “going visiting”? There must be circumstances in which the latter is difficult or uncomfortable or even inappropriate.

    Camden how do you find the time to put together all these fantastic programs? And how did you survive your elders visit from Daryl Hart!?

  5. Camden Bucey says:

    Thanks for the kind words. To answer your questions, I don’t know on both counts!

  6. Rob says:

    Just listened to this podcast and, from laity perspective, this was refreshing. This is so much of what I want for the church to be: elders who know their flock, meet them personally, make calls, etc. Small groups don’t cut it, and this is the type of Richard Baxter-level shepherding that the church needs today.

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