What’s next.

We’ve made five assumptions so far. 

1. Wherever believers gather, some are accountable for the well-being and protection of the group. Specifically, of their souls.

2. The metaphor most often used to describe this accountability is shepherding — an activity rich in analogy and example.

3. Shepherding is a literal and intentional role, and the Bible offers specific examples of what’s involved.

4. Shepherding takes a lot out of you, so God also established a relational culture in which Christ’s followers participate in one another’s well-being. Both the shepherds and shepherded are cared for.

5. There’s an expected result from all this shepherding. An anticipated outcome. A target to shoot for. A goal.

Next we’ll describe the goal.

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