Thanks to all of you who were praying for the other RCG Elders and me as we met this past Saturday. We were together from 9 am – 4 pm, and had a fruitful time praying and talking together about how we can best fulfill our God-given mandate to “…shepherd the flock of God among you…” (1 Peter 5:2) Much of our interaction revolved around Dr. Timothy Z. Witmer’s recent book entitled The Shepherd Leader. The insights Dr. Witmer puts forth proved helpful in refining our understanding of the priority and responsibility of shepherding, as well sharpening our activity in the actual work of shepherding. We trust and pray the Lord will use all of these things to bear more fruit among us at RCG for His glory.
Foundational in all of this is the truth that Jesus Christ actively cares for the well-being and the fruit-bearing of His sheep! He does this according to His Word, in the power of His Spirit and through the particular men He has called in particular local churches to serve as under-shepherds. He also cares for His sheep as we all grow in loving one another as He has loved us (John 13:34,35).
With that in mind, Smokey, Steve, Chuck, Sean, Eric and I are grateful and humbled for the privilege of serving as under-shepherds among you. We look eagerly with you for that day when our glorious Chief Shepherd appears (1 Peter 5:4!)