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By Timothy S. Laniak / ShepherdLeader / 2007
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While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks: Reflections on Biblical Leadership is a lavishly illustrated journey into the world of shepherds—shepherds of the biblical world and the spiritual shepherds of the church. The realities and rewards of leadership are brought to life through this illuminating and insightful look at the ancient image of shepherds. Experience this wondrous opportunity to think biblically about your calling to serve Jesus Christ and the expectations that come with being a shepherd leader, the compassionate and courageous commitment to provide for, protect, and guide those under your care. Take this forty day journey and experience a life changing encounter with the Divine Shepherd. Become a shepherd after God's own heart by rediscovering true biblical leadership.
Forty days of reflections will give readers an opportunity to think biblically about their calling to serve the Chief Shepherd. This book is for pastors and other congregational leaders, Christian business leaders, chaplains, teachers, counselors, coaches, and parents.
Real-life stories of the rugged nomadic lives of shepherds bring to life numerous Scriptures to teach us the hard lessons of leadership. Leaders are called to be not only tender and loving, but also tough and disciplined.
—John M. Perkins, President, The John M. Perkins Foundation
More than an inspirational read, this book is a timely invitation into the shepherd’s world which will compel you to reflect on your Christian life and leadership with a new sense of awe and assurance. Be prepared to be taken deeper in your spiritual journey as you embark on this forty-day retreat.
—Barry Corey, President, Biola University
Accomplishing what few authors can, Laniak creates powerful images with fascinating stories, exegetical insights, and stunning photos, bringing biblical leadership to life for pastors and lay leaders alike. I recommend this theologically integrated, visually stimulating, and thoroughly spiritual journey for today’s shepherd leaders.
—James F. Cobble, Jr. Founder, Institute of Church Leadership
Laniak brings to life the realties and rewards of leadership by illuminating a centuries-old image. Reading his fascinating anthropological observations and rich scriptural insights will make spiritual shepherds anywhere in the world better leaders and better followers.
—Samuel J. Voorhies, Director, International Leadership Development, World Vision International
Laniak invites us to pause beside still waters and consider forty inspiring and practical lessons at the intersection of biblical scholarship, organizational leadership and ministry practice. Anyone entrusted with ministry responsibilities will be treated to exceptional leadership insights, welcome guidance, and rare encouragement to renew their passion for attending to the needs of God’s flock.
—Mark W. McCloskey, Lead Faculty, Transformational Leadership, Bethel Seminary
A breath of fresh air for pastors and lay leaders alike. While so many leadership books focus on methodology, this book addresses the heart of ministry. Dr. Laniak masterfully rehearses the wide spectrum of pastoral theology that pervades the Scriptures. His personal experience among shepherds adds significant insight in understanding both Scripture and real life ministry. I'm recommending it as must-reading for all my students!
—S. Donald Fortson, Associate Professor of Church History and Practical Theology Reformed Theological Seminary
Tim Laniak (Ph.D., Harvard University) made his first trip to the Middle East in 1977 and has enjoyed opening up the history and cultures of the biblical world to students and leaders ever since. He and his wife Maureen have lived in Israel and occasionally guide study tours to the region. This book contains insights gleaned primarily from a year of field research while on sabbatical from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where Tim is a Professor of Old Testament, Coordinator of the Urban Ministry Program, and Mentor for the Christian Leadership Doctor of Ministry Program.