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🎧🙏 Journey With Prayer | Nurturing Souls: A Prayer for Shepherd Leadership

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Leading Differently Together | "Shepherds"

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1 Peter 5:2-4.

English Standard Version

"Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory."

New Living Translation

"Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly - not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor."

New International Version

"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away."

Walking It Out


  • Contemplate your experiences under pastoral leadership and how those moments have shaped your spiritual reality.

  • Break down instances where pastoral guidance has had a significant impact on your life.


  • Connect with leaders in your spiritual community to express thanks and gratitude for their service.

  • Offer your assistance in supporting the vision and mission your church or faith community is pursuing.

  • Offer to pray for those shepherds in leadership roles.


  1. Pray for the pastors and leaders that they may shepherd with the heart and attitude of Christ, not leading with a heavy hand, but with love, humility, and a righteous example.

  2. Seek God's blessing for growth and the health of the flock, that communities of faith may thrive under wise and nurturing shepherding.

  3. Ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate within you the heart of a shepherd, ever growing in compassion and ability to care for those God has placed in your life.


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