The training of church leaders has been one of my main areas of contribution to church growth in the church in Yaounde. Burdened with the need for competent pastors for the growing number of House Churches in the city of Yaounde, I gave these lessons on leading a House Church to about 800 leaders in training. The course took place on two weekends. The lessons of the first and second weekends are here presented, as much as possible, as they were spoken that weekend, having been compiled from notes taken during the course and completed from the taped messages. They are written just as they were spoken, with very limited editing by the author. We send them out with a heart cry that they contribute to produce the type of leaders that are needed for the Lord's flock on the eve of His imminent return.
The Shepherd-Flock Motif in the Miletus Discourse (Acts 20:17-38) Against Its Historical Background provides a comprehensive survey of the use of the shepherd-flock motif in the ancient world for the readers of the New Testament. This review of Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Greco-Roman, and Christian sources is guided by a motific approach that integrates the concept of metaphor, Semantics, and the comparative method. A chief concern of this study is to apply this knowledge to the study of Luke-Acts, especially the Miletus Discourse (Acts 20:17-38). The shepherd-flock motif appears to be central in this speech and helps to integrate other motifs and themes in this discourse, such as the kingship motif. The Shepherd-Flock Motif in the Miletus Discourse (Acts 20:17-38) Against Its Historical Background is indispensable to the study of motifs in the New Testament and contributes meaningfully to the scholarly research on Luke-Acts.
Shepherds After My Own Heart is a full-length academic treatment of the theme of the shepherd/pastor throughout the whole of scripture. It comprises a detailed study of Ancient Near Eastern understandings of this powerful metaphor, its uses and development in the Old Testament and its employment by the apostolic writers to describe the messianic significance of Jesus Christ, both in his earthly ministry and in his ascended and apocalyptic Lordship over church and world. In doing so, it articulates key elements of a biblical theology of pastoral ministry and leadership.