Category Archives: Shepherd’s Care

Shepherd’s Care: Vision (3)

The two preceding postings about “Vision” have nailed down the fact that the Source of every vision is God.  In fact, if the vision comes from us, we’re in trouble—because, if nothing else, we’ll attribute something to God that may … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Vision (2)

I think there are four key dimensions to a vision—not four separated visions, but four dynamics at work to produce an abiding sense of vision in us… First, a foundational vision.  We sometimes call it a dream.  We can see … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Vision (1)

We have come to the final category we’re using to explore the vocation of ordained/professional ministry. We spoke of the “ingredients” for vocational ministry:  values, call, and mission. We then moved on to look at the “integrity” for vocational ministry:  … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Morality

We’re exploring the subject of integrity as it relates to the vocation of ministry.  Clearly, we are doing little other than scratching the surface on huge issues that can make or break us, and our ministries.  But perhaps even a … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: The Bedrock of Character

We’re continuing our exploration of the ethical dimensions of vocational ministry.  If we give ourselves to “the virtues” (essentially understood as the fruit of the Spirit), those qualities of life produce character in us. Character is the word we use … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: The Necessity of Virtue

We’ve been looking at some of the key “ingredients” in a ministry based upon a vocational paradigm rather than a professional one.  Our location, values, humanity, and giftedness combine to give us a sense of mission. But “ingredients” are not … Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Care: Ingredients (2)

The ingredients of our mission include more than geography.  They include bearing witness to the two great commandments:  loving God and loving others. As I have understood this more and more over the years, it’s amazing how both the message … Continue reading

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