The Need for Elders – Oversight (Caring)

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Pastoral, Sermons

The elder must be a people person.  The elder more than any other person in the body must be willing to invest time with the flock.  Strauch states, “This means visiting the sick; comforting the bereaved; strengthening the weak; praying for all the sheep, even those who are difficult; visiting new members; providing counsel for couples who are engaged, married, or divorcing; and managing many of the day-to-day details of the inner life of the congregation.”[1]

The elders are responsible to know and meet the needs of the church.  Different sheep have different needs.  Isaiah 40:11, “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.”  When the flock sees love like this, they are drawn to the shepherd.  When they see how compassionate and sincere he is in caring for them, they will know that he is one that they can depend on.

In review then, “exercising oversight” is the positive exhortation given to elders – they are to lead, feed, protect, and care for the flock that God has given to them.  Of course, this comes only as the undershepherd reflects the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.  He demonstrated the care of a great Shepherd, so that we can always say of Him, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” (Ps. 23:1)

[1] Strauch, 29.


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