Biblical Insight on Shepherding God’s People

One of the most common biblical metaphors for leaders is “shepherd.” God’s entrusted leaders are charged with the weighty responsibility of tending to and feeding the people of God as a shepherd would his flock. The act of “shepherding” means more than simply feeding the flock; rather, this choice verb refers to all acts related to the care of the flock.

In this week’s video, we will take a look at the concept of “Leaders as Shepherds” and discover that this is a concept deeply rooted in the OT and sometimes describes the manner in which God cares for Israel. We’ll also discover the metaphor of “shepherds” carried on into the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls and much of early Christian literature.

Recommended Resources:

  • Classical Pastoral Care presents in plain English the most indispensable texts of pastoral writers prior to the beginning of the eighteenth century.


  1. ‘Shepherds After My Own Heart’ by Timothy Laniak is a must read. “The best study on Christian leadership I’ve ever read” is how I described in in a blog post:

  2. Hamilton R. says

    Thanks for an excellent video explaining how to explore this particular cultural concept.

    The New dictionary of Biblical Theology talks about concepts also.

    You mentioned concepts are above the word or phrase level.

    If I wanted to obtain a list of important Biblical concepts (cultural and otherwise), what would you recommend?

    In the forums, MJ gives some advice:

    But I am not sure of the relationship between themes and concepts.

    Thanks ahead of time for any input that you can provide.