My word for 2020 is “Sheep.” To go along with that theme, let’s turn to a book I read on our 2017 Summer Vacation to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Dr. Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep.
As Anderson points out, the Christian community at large is beginning to rediscover the biblical design for spiritual leadership—in the form of surprisingly simple and doable models. Briefly summarized, these models are shepherding, mentoring, and equipping.
Of the three biblical models, shepherd, mentor, and equipper, the chief model is that of shepherd.
Most Christians want to follow real shepherds who mentor and equip them—shepherds whose lives are credible, whose relationships are authentic and warm, and whose ministry is genuine and helpful.
A shepherd lives with sheep. A shepherd knows each sheep by name. A shepherd smells like sheep.
Click here for a summary of Dr. Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep