When Sheep Become the Shepherd

0 comments Posted on June 28, 2014

Cheri Cowellby Cheri Cowell

So you’ve attended a few Bible studies, even opened a few meetings with devotions. Suddenly your world is upended. They’ve asked you to lead the Bible study and not simply attend. The sheep has become the shepherd, and you’re not certain you’re up for the task.

When I wrote my Bible study on the parables, I thought it would be fun to record a YouTube video with live sheep. I asked around and discovered a local music pastor was also a shepherd. That day I learned a lot about sheep and shepherds. Here are a few things to help you transition from one role to the next.

Parables-Cheri CowellSheep can just show up, but shepherds must have a plan. It sounds overly simple, but how many of us have experienced an unprepared leader? You can get by with this if you are a sheep, but not if you are the shepherd.

Sheep get flustered when things change, but shepherds make allowance for change. When I arrived for the video shoot the sheep were upset. I was new and had altered their normal routine, but the gentle voice of their shepherd soon calmed them down.

Sheep come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and temperaments—allow them to get to know you on a personal level. Perhaps not all of your personal garbage, but ‘you’ as a real person who also struggles with his or her faith. You don’t have to have all of the answers, but you know the One who does.

Cheri is the author of the Following God series study, Parables and Word Pictures. She is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and was a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism in 2009 for a tour of the Holy Land, a trip that forever changed how she reads her Bible. To see Cheri’s sheep video visit her website: www.CheriCowell.com


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