Jesus is our Great Shepherd, and one of the ways He shepherds the church is through His undershepherds, the elders. In Ephesians 4:11 Paul says that Jesus gave shepherds to the church. In 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 Paul gave the qualifications for overseers (elders.) In 1 Peter 5:2 Peter charged the elders, “to shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you.”
One of the ways the elders at Carriage Lane have sought to fulfill this calling is by dividing up the church membership into shepherding groups. Each elder seeks to have contact with every family head or single individual (college age and older) once a quarter. Usually this contact will occur over the phone. His desire is to see how you are doing, ask for any prayer requests, assist you (and your family) in your walk with Christ, and receive any feedback or concerns.
We believe shepherding is one of the primary responsibilities we have in addition to the ministry of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4), and that of leadership (1 Timothy 5:17). As you can imagine, this can be a daunting task, but we want to strive toward greater effectiveness.
In Acts 20:28 Paul exhorts the Ephesus church elders to “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Therefore, we are asking you to pray for us.
- Pray that we would strive to have the character of elders found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
- Pray for our own walks with the Lord.
- Pray that we would spiritually lead and serve our own families first.
- Pray that we would continue to seek the Lord in humility and rely on His Holy Spirit.
- Pray that we would follow through with the responsibilities of our calling.