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The Gordon MacDonald is editor at large of Leadership Journal and chancellor of Denver Seminary.

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Gordon MacDonald is chancellor of Denver Seminary and editor-at-large for Leadership Journal. He is author of numerous books, including Going Deep: Becoming A Person of Influence.

From Issue:Ministry's Core, Fall 2012 | Posted: November 19, 2012

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Steve Bird

December 28, 2012  10:07am

This was an excellent article on our role as shepherds and what it means to be in relationship with our members. Thank you for this helpful article.

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Jean Paul

November 20, 2012  5:34pm

This article spells out the mandate, and offers guidance to pastors serving in highly troubled context like Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya where shepherds sometime loses focus on what should be their primary responsibility and fails the flock. It is my prayer that as we look forward to elections in Kenya next march, pastors will have such an influence on political leaders and aspirants the way Venn Had on Wilberforce. Well done Golden, I will refer to this article a lot in my meetings with pastors.

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November 20, 2012  4:26pm

I wonder about the role of shepherding when we equate this to protecting the flock. What does that even mean in light of Jesus saying things like " I am sending you out like sheep among wolves"? Following Christ is a dangerous place to be as testified in the Scripture and in real life history. If shepherding looks like keeping the sheep safe in our cozy little churches while we educate them about the dangers rather than getting them into dangerous places where they can give their lives for Jesus and his kingdom, then who are we serving?

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November 20, 2012  2:41pm

This was extremely well written and informative. True for sure, and I like MacDonald look at the religious core in North America and wonder where we are going wrong. We are rather more influenced by the need to entertain those in church, than bring them the gospel... Praying I can spread your message to others.

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November 20, 2012  10:57am

Thank you so much for this article. I'm in the process of deciding if I will accept a shepherding role at my church that has been offered to me, and you spelled out to the letter the burden that's been on my heart for the people I may shepherd. Thank you!

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