“Shepherd Shift”

“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia. Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:4-6)

In a recent gathering of spiritual leaders, we saw a mandate to reintroduce a correct form of shepherding which we celebrated and rejoiced to pass on to our teams. We are moving away from “control”… to real Kingdom Empowerment! This is some of the revelation we began to pray into and see as heaven’s blueprint.

MOVING TOWARDS:

  • Trusting God: God is the Chief Shepherd of His flock (Psalm 23 – the Lord is My Shepherd) – pointing them to engage heaven as their source of life.
  • Spiritual Fathering: True leaders work themselves out of a role and encourage those they are fathering to go higher.
  • Apostolic Models: True apostles always father another and build successors.
  • Spiritual Freedom: Letting people make their own mistakes knowing they will grow more.
  • Humble Servant-Leadership: Being humble seeing we do not know everything and often not more than who we are fathering.
  • Investing in Others: Trusting everyone can hear from God and the more we let them do that the more they will grow in that skill.
  • Empowerment & Encouragement: Everyone is a powerful son or daughter and God gives grace and revelation to the humble and lowly in heart.
  • Mutual Engagement: Finding rapport with people and common ground. Not this is the way we do it.
  • Pointing toward the Glory Realm: Shepherding people to find their “scroll in heaven”… Their Destiny – Calling, Passion and Vision.
  • Spiritual Sonship: Fathered to maturity… as fellow disciples growing in the counsel of respected fathers.

MOVING AWAY FROM:

  • Over control (you must meet this criteria to be in my network).
  • Overseeing (not allowing freedom).
  • Checking and vetting people, while at the same time; not believing the best about them. We are never to judge others according to the outward appearances.
  • Making them wait for your timing.
  • Being intimidated by someones strengths compared to our own.
  • Making assumptions about their contribution or relationship.
  • Asking for commitment to your events instead of respecting their calling may take them to many different activities.
  • Making judgments on a persons spirituality based on outside appearance – the Bible says “do not judge on mere appearances but make a right judgment.” God is the judge and we are not to assess them.

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