Shepherding Group Members

Shepherding Group Members

Practical training that helps leaders embrace their role as shepherd

Even if they don't feel like it, small-group leaders have an important role that aids in the spiritual growth of group members. Leaders have the privilege of partnering with God to shepherd the people in their group. To help leaders in the important task, we've created this Training Theme that includes assessments, case studies, how-to articles, and even a retreat plan for ideas on how to use this resource at a day-long training event.

For a sample from this Training Theme, read "Be a Model of Authenticity."


The Heart of a Shepherd
A close look at the characteristics of a real-life shepherd
By Heather Zempel


Leader Self-Assessment
Search out your heart and your performance by considering these key issues.
By Len Woods

Am I Aiding Transformation?
Determine how you're contributing to group-wide transformation.
By Trevor Lee

Case Studies

The Fruit of Changed Lives
What you do has eternal significance.
By Michael C. Mack

Comfort in the Face of Tragedy
Shepherding people in the worst of times.
By Karen Mohler

How-To Articles

The Five Ms of Shepherding
Essential practices for an effective small-group leader
By Life Together

Listening Leaders
Being a good listener really starts in your heart.
By Steven B. Rowe

Honest to God and Others
Encourage honesty in your group by creating entryways into your life.
By Joel Comiskey

Be a Model of Authenticity
How to lead your small group with transparency
By Reid Smith

How to Give Good Advice
Some people want you to listen; others genuinely want you to speak.
By Fred Smith

Shepherding Broken People
When your group shares their deepest hurts, how do you respond?
By Dan Lentz


Retreat Plan

Total number of pages - 28

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource within your local church.

  • Acrobat PDF Document
  • SMG-TT0015-D