Toolbox to Skillfully Shepherd Your Church Members

This is not only for pastor-elders, but for all church members who must love their fellow members as Christ loved us.

This toolbox by Andy Davis is very helpful (Those Who Must Give an Account:A Study of Church Membership and Discipline, ed. by John S. Hammett & Benjamin L. Merkle [Broadman and Holman: 2012], p. 172).

Toolbox for Skillful Shepherding

Member Condition Spiritual Danger Proper Response Scriptural Support
Living fruitfully Failing to Continue Encourage; Praise 1 Thess 4:1; Phil 2:29
Lacking information Doctrinal Ignorance Teach; Instruct 1 Cor 12:1; 1 Thess 4:13; Acts 18:26
Needing to get moving Laziness; Neglect Exhort; Spur On; Urge Heb 5:11-12; 6:12; 10:24; 2 Cor 9:4-5
Suffering Trial Discouragement Comfort; Console 2 Cor 1:4; 7:6
Starting to Go Astray New Sin Pattern Warn; Correct; Admonish Titus 3:10; 1 Cor 4:14; Luke 9:54-55; Matt 16:23
Determined to Wander Habitual Sin Rebuke Rev 3:18-19; Titus 1:12-13; Gal 2:11
Stubborn Unrepentance Apostasy Excommunicate Matt 18:17; 1 Cor 5:5

About pjtibayan

P. J. loves Jesus Christ and lives to share life and share Jesus together with Bethany Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County. P. J. has been pastoring since 2002 and earned a doctorate in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (D.Min.). He blogs regularly at
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