This leader is the shepherd
I do not want.
He maketh me sit down on green love seats;
he leadeth me to meetings.
He ignoreth my soul.
He leadeth me to complete my homework assignment—
It taketh three hours, for heaven’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of downsizing and debt,
you are not with me.
Your wife and the church staff; they run from me.
You preparest a table of fattening foods before me.
You are my enemies.
My blood’s about to boil;
My disappointment overflows.
Surely your incessant e-mails will follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in this lousy group forever!*
If you are a small group shepherd-leader, this does not have to be the psalm of your group. Over the next several days, I will share how you can become a "good shepherd," perhaps even a "great shepherd," more and more like your Chief Shepherd, the Best Small Group Leader Ever!
MORE HELP ON BEING A SHEPHERD-LEADERTop 10 Ways to Take Your Small Group Deeper!
Jesus' Small Group Curriculum
* "The Psalm of the No-Good Shepherd" was originally published in my book, I'm a Leader ... Now What? How to Guide an Effective Small Group (Standard Publishing, 2007), p. 47.