'Feed my sheep' from a shepherd's perspective
May 3 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

'Feed my sheep' from a shepherd's perspective | Friday, May 3, 2002

Friday, May 3, 2002

'Feed my sheep' from a shepherd's perspective

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

Bill Easum has an answer for church members who use Jesus' instructions to Peter to "Feed my sheep" as justification for the pastor taking care of church members.

Easum, a Christian futurist and author, believes pastors should equip church members for ministry. He and Tom Bandy, his partner in the church consulting firm of Easum, Bandy and Associates, led seminars in North Carolina April 24-25.

The story of Jesus talking to Peter in John 21 should be read from the perspective of a 1st century shepherd, Easum said.

"Have you ever seen a shepherd feed sheep?" he asked.

Shepherds take the sheep to a field where they can graze. Since sheep destroy the fields where they eat, the shepherd has to keep them moving, he said.

"If the church is running out of room, find another pasture," Easum said. Some options are to plant a church, move to a new site or have multiple sites.

Easum said the shepherd also keeps the sheep safe.

He said churches need to have worship services that "don't scare people to death." They should make sure nursery workers have been checked out, he said.

Pastors must make sure "the sheep" are growing and safe, he said.

"Why?" he asked. "So they produce more sheep. Have you ever seen a shepherd beget sheep?"

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