Shepherding is one of the important functions in the church. It is not only one of the gifted people whom God gives to the church for the perfecting of the saints (see Ephesians 4:11-12 where pastors should be shepherds) It is also one of the main functions of the elders of the church (see I Peter 5:1). Indeed, it is expected of all the spiritual members of the church to be engaged in such a work. Our Lord's words to Peter were "feed my lambs," "shepherd my sheep," and "feed my sheep" (see John 21:15-17).
For this reason, it is required of us to know what the functions of shepherding are and also the qualifications. This series of three messages on shepherding is prepared for the promoting of God's work and the strengthening of this important but sadly lacking ministry in the church. May God use it for His glory.