Shepherding God’s Flock

Derek Brown | March 30, 2015

Benjamin Merkle and Thomas Schreiner. Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2014. $18.99.

Almost three centuries ago, pastor-theologian Jonathan Edwards offered this observation on the value of godly leaders: “Useful men are some of the greatest blessings of a people. To have many such is more for a people’s happiness than almost anything. . . . They are precious gifts of heaven.” 

Competent shepherd-leaders are of particular worth to a congregation since their ministry is one of the primary means Christ uses to protect and provide for his people. It seems obvious, then, that those who desire to grow in their skill as shepherds and capacity to bless God’s people should make the study of biblical leadership a high priority.

Elder-Led Congregationalism

In Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament, editors Benjamin Merkle (professor of New Testament Greek at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina) and Thomas Schreiner (professor of New Testament interpretation and biblical theology at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky) have marshaled their own group of skilled shepherds to help the church develop and sustain convictions on the necessity of a biblical pastoral ministry. Writing from a baptistic framework, the contributors establish a…

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