How can I make sure I am regularly shepherding everyone in a large church setting?

On the last post, I discussed a system to pray and contact every member of the church in one month.  This is based on the shepherding efforts of a smaller church, so naturally I can anticipate the question, “That’s great, but what about those of us at a large church?”  Well, the quick answer to this question of how can I accomplish this at a larger church is–you can’t.  At least, not by yourself.  Others must shepherd with you.  However, after spending time serving on staff at 2 different churches with over 1,500 members, I am convinced each member can still be cared for, known, prayed for individually by the pastors and leaders and contacted in some way each month.

The 28 day chart I proposed previously I feel can be done with the ratio of 1:100.  One pastor/elder/staff to every 100 members of the church.  That breaks down to less than 5 people or families a day that need to be prayed for and contacted.  So, if you find yourself in a 500 member church, you only need 5 shepherds who are willing to put in about 30 minutes a day to accomplish this.  If you find yourself in a 1,200 member church, you only need 12 shepherds to pray and contact every member of the church. 

Remember, you will not simply stumble into this kind of deliberate effort, especially in a large church.  But if you will make the commitment and believe it is possible to shepherd every member of the church to some degree on a regular basis regardless the size, your joy will increase and your people’s souls will feel more faithfully cared for (Heb. 13:17).

Posted in Discipleship, Oversight of Souls
5 comments on “How can I make sure I am regularly shepherding everyone in a large church setting?
  1. Stuart says:

    Amen Brian, good post which for some unknown reason reminded me of Solomon asking simply for wisdom to lead God’s people, and this was duly granted along with some other rather useful things….

  2. I think “The Shepherd Leader’ by Whitmer has some really good stuff in it as well.

  3. Thanks for the good posts on shepherding!

    I’m curious if you are aware of any large churches that are actually practicing this over a sustained period of time?

    Also, I would suspect that we are taking about paid staff elders who would take on this responsibility not lay leadership?

    • Brian Croft says:

      Great questions. I don’t know of a church doing exactly what I am suggesting, but I do know churches who have their own version to try and know and faithfully shepherd their people. I would assume paid staff would be the easiest to bring into this process for time sake. However, I have and know unpaid elders who faithfully do this process.

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