shepherdJesus 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.

 

Shepherd Groups as of 3/14/14

Doug Griffith Tim Gwin Dale Zarlenga
Desch, Bill & Betsy Andrews, Jeff & Laura Burgess, Bob & Lori
Dunkin, Norm Baldwin, Allen & Co Gilzean, Mark & BJ
Mallory, Lee & Yong Callaway, Clay & Maria Goeglein, Greg & Sarah
Grega, Jim & Wendy Cochrum, Brian Gray, Spencer & Carrie
Gwin, Julius & Dorene Cunningham, Jack & Kim McDowell, Bob & Dorothy
Holt, Julius Gaylor, Vic & Irene McGinn, John & Cheryl
Hopson, Don & Audrey Janos, Greg & Allyson Salzmann, Dave & Sharon
Sethman, Scott & Sharon Rosser, Greg & Carolyn Vinson, Doug & June
Thompson, Rick & Jen

 

Jeff Andrews Bob Burgess Clay Callaway
Ackerman, Don & Marta Wright Artim, David & Charlene King, Pat
Chamblee, John and Jean Dunklin, Doug & Lynn
Heinecke, Greg & Amy* Myers, Randall & Lisa
Loutzenhiser, Peter & Anja Pendleton, Doug & Pam*
McBryde, Eric & Tiffany* Stephens, Craig & Carol
Pope, Michael & Lindsay Zaubi, Steve & Celeste
Moffett, Colin & Laurie
Fosnough, Kelsey
Fosnough, Tara

 

Jack Cunningham Bill Desch Norm Dunkin
Bowen, Cory & Greta Artzberger, Judie Cesar, Emily
Bradfield, Dan & Michele Harrell, Charles & Gail Gomez, Al & Kitty
Johnson, Travis & Lori* Houghton, Joan Hardy, Zoe
Niesen, Jonathan & Virginia Jones, Stephen & Laura McDoniel, Tabitha
Wilson, Matthew & Megan Rich, Paul & Marie* Mitchell, Brian
Brackett, Ben & Annie Russell, Lynn Rocus, Bruce & Suzanne
Polgardi, Nick & Amanda Yates, Steve & Gayle Ulrich, Cooper
Dow, Allen & Donna Ulrich, Olivia
Lott, Larry & Billie

 

Vic Gaylor Mark Gilzean Greg Goeglein
Cawood, Frank & Gayle Brandes, John Foulk, Dwight & Betsy
Fosnough, Tim & Jill* Downs, Debbie Komestat, Dave & Barb
Hallwood, Lane English, Danielle Moryan, Don & Daryl
Hogan, Ames & Carla* Hogan, Sam Osterhage, Drake & Kristen
Pendergrass, Hugh & Jamie Janos, Jonathan Sheehan, Eric & Annette
Vanderbush, Rick & Linda Quillian, Daniel and Micah Swanagan, David & Sadie
Watson, Tamara Smith, Alex Warren, Sid & Sharon*
Best, Daniel & Kathryn Smith, Joanne
Blumberg, Kevin
Farmer, Ethan

 

Spencer Gray Jim Grega Julius Holt
Rowe, Joel & Becky Barber, Sheri Burkey, John & Cynthia
Bulger, Eric & Kelly* Brown, Rena Coloney, Eric & Debbie*
Holguin, George & Angie* Crews, Daniel O’Neill, Ellen
Knapper, Ed & Mary Lawton, Bill & Misty* Serifan, Candice
Knapper, Lizzie Peeler, Adam  & Jessica*
Verhoef, Dan & Lois Poling, Jeff & Day
Schaefer, Keith & Britt*
Whites, Paul & Kristina

 

Don Hopson Greg Janos Lee Mallory
Beane, Porter & Carol* Buttram, Catherine Guertin, Dave & Chris
Fitler, Fran Hamilton, David & Marilyn Dillard, Jim & Kay
Godfrey, Rick & Susan Pattison, Tim & Margey* Geiss, Kim
Reed, Stalker & Gerry* Mowery, Sue
Roundy, Steve & Menam Smith, Joseph & Judy*
Abernathy, Bob & Beth Walter, Jean
Barnard, Mark & Jeannie Ward, Leonard & Maureen

 

Bob McDowell Greg Rosser Dave Salzmann
Brown, Sandy & Theresa Davis, Nancy Best, Doug & Jan
Buck, Jack & Jane* Flanagan, Shirley Dillinger, Jeanne
Daniel, Doug & Paula English, Lew & Laine Farmer, Keith & Valli
Swartz, Dan & Grace Polgardi, Jan Ferrell, Eric & Susan
Redwine, Carlton & Maribeth Richey, Teenie Heartha, Doug & Nancy*
Gilzean, Luke MacArthur, Joan Langston, Perry & Elizabeth
Vender, David & Amy Quillian, Wylie & Rhonda* Luzolo, Daniel & Martine
Scott, Roberta

 

Scott Sethman Ric Thompson Doug Vinson
Cotton, Ed & Kathy* Cooper, Christy Baldwin, Corrie
Fernbacher, Bob & Ruby DeLaney, Darrell & Erin Barnard, Mark & Jeannie
Jeffery, Craig & Sue Dixon, Mike & Linda Best, Daniel & Kathryn
Kingston, Russell & Nancy Hildebrand, Bob & Kristy* Earley, Jaret & Kelly
McPherson, Scott & Kathy McDoniel, Edgar & Arlene Polgardi, Nick & Amanda
Sewell, Connie Mitchell, Scott & Susan*
Szekalski, Tony & Kathy* Sewell, Chris & Alisha
Sanford, Chip & M’Liss Tanis, Jim & Carol*
Webb, Jacob & Suzanne

Brian Cochrum
Baldwin, Nathan & Bethany
Cawood, Benjamin
Crews, Thomas & Laurie
Morris, Brad & Julie
Best, Jonathan

 

David Brandis
Goeglein, Lydia
Smith, Jeanette
Baldwin, Corrie
Earley, Jaret & Kelly

 

Joe Cochran
Brown, Seth & Daphne
Whittaker, Robert & Joyce
Kearns, Phillip & Patricia
Shannon, David & Cheryl
Hatcher, Russell & Michele