Shepherds, Not Ranchers

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12

Some contemporary church growth gurus argue that the shepherding manner of ministry must be exchanged for the concept of a rancher. They say that ranchers are better for church growth because they are not caught up in the fray of servant ministry; instead, they are visionaries, leaders, motivators, and change agents. But is manner of ministry really governed by pragmatic concerns or by God’s appointment? This message explores the Pauline manner of ministry and demonstrates its practical application to the spiritual health of the church.