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Vacation Bible School 2014

"For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession." Deuteronomy 7:6 NIV

The Shepherd's Crook: A Look at Biblical Leadership

Please use the materials listed to accompany your thoughts and prayers with the search for our new shepherds.

Sunday Sermons From Michael Mercer

  • Sounds Like a Shepherd
    Pray this prayer, "God give me the discernment to pick leaders from this congregation that will shepherd the flock here at UCC. -Amen"
  • Caring for the Sheep
    1. Shepherds care for those in need
    2. Shepherds are people who pray for their flock
    3. Shepherds listen to the voice of their sheep
    4. Shepherds share empathy while holding back judgment
    5. Shepherds are present for their sheep
    6. Shepherds care enough to be honest with you
    7. Shepherds use their power/authority to embrace the sheep with love
  • The SheepHerd: Characteristics of a shepherd who leads
    1. Known Quantity
    2. Approachable
    3. Great Reputation with Community
    4. Good leaders all the time
    5. They won't shirk their responsibility in difficult times
    6. People follow them… for the right reasons
    7. They follow Jesus…all the time
  • Feed My Sheep: This is how Shepherds feed the flock
    1. Lead the lost to find the savior
    2. Lead the follower to consistent salvation
    3. Teach people that Jesus is to live in them -this should change the way they live
    4. Teach people that God's greatest gift is Jesus -he is all the nourishment they need
    5. Provide an example of Holy Living
    6. Captivate the imagination of those seeking to live for Christ
    7. They engage the church in Kingdom work
  • Llamas, Goalies, and Shepherds
    1. Protect the Mission & Ministry of the Church
    2. Keep the Gate Open for Others
    3. Protect the Innocent and Naive
    4. Prevent rather than React
    5. Engage Conflict Directly and Immediately
    6. Root out Dissension and Dissenters
    7. Provide Counsel and Action against Sin

From Randy Wray: Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4, Lecture 5, Lecture 6, Companion Scripture Guide (PDF)