Shepherds After My Own Heart: The Enduring Challenge of Pastoral Identity
The most consistent biblical metaphor for leaders among the people of God is the shepherd. But what, really, is a spiritual shepherd? Beyond the specific job descriptions and role expectations of others, what does God expect of us? How does God see us? In this illustrated presentation, Dr. Laniak will take us into the world of Bedouin shepherds for unique perspectives on Scripture’s challenge to shepherd God’s flock. Come renew your pastoral calling with images and insights designed to keep you on course as you serve the Chief Shepherd. Let God reset your identity as his shepherd.
Timothy Laniak teaches Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served as a missionary in 15 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as the director of the International Fellowship House in Boston. His publishing began with a social-scientific commentary, Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther. He spent two years studying in Israel, including one year of research that formed the basis for his books Shepherds After My Own Heart and While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks. While researching, he was the Annual Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He is also on the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Overseas Council, an organization dedicated to furthering the training of Christian leaders worldwide. Dr. Laniak’s scholarly interests include the social world of the Bible, metaphor, biblical theology and hermeneutics, archaeology, leadership and ecclesiology.