Tag Archives: shepherding

I Can’t Believe I Said That! When a Shepherd Mentors

Shepherd Bob and Preacher Lynn were wired up as near opposites. I have trouble keeping up with my keys, and uber-organized Bob called this a character flaw, while I accused Bob of thinking in rigid, boring columns. I like stories. He likes facts. He was left-brained: cerebral and analytical. I tend toward right-brained:…

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Shepherding with Paddle Strokes and Pigskin

Wally Bullington walks around in some of my favorite shepherding memories. Wally was a football coach, now retired, but still known by most people as “coach.” Wally loves God. And he shoots straight, but always with love and with warmth and follow-through. One scene I recall was during a church-wide father/child canoe trip…

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The Story Begins Here: Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Shepherding is largely “a family affair.” And—the elder’s spouse is a key factor. As a shepherding couple, Clois and Betty Fowler represented the best in graciousness and hospitality, especially in the young and formative stages of my wife’s and my ministry. They were like second grandparents to our grandchildren—and to many others. We…

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Balancing Solitude and Community in the Life of a Leader

“Let them who cannot be alone beware of community. He will only do harm to himself and to the community… But the reverse is also true: Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.  (Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together) — In recent years I have become increasingly appreciative of the need…

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