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What Is Sheperding System

In Kansas my sister belongs to a church that believes in sheperding. I have no idea what that means but our church leaders say it means the leaders control everyone. Anybody know about this?

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I've heard about abuses but I've also seen people that loved it and felt mentored. I've never been involved and wouldn't want to but in theory it sounds good.
In practice - we're dealing with people with control issues.

why is it that the person trying to run all the ministries in the church is the person with a control issue?
---Andrea on 8/24/07


Jesus is our Great Shepherd.Example for the church. Read St John chapter 10. A shepherd is not a bad thing. It is a pastor who looks after the members in the church in a loving and caring way. As it describes Christ in St John ch 10. There are butchers and there are shepherds(pastors) Butchers divide the people and does not care for the members in the church. They steal money, pass false teachings and are controlling among other things. I would flee a controlling church.
---Robyn on 8/23/07


I know about this. The stories I could tell about sheperding would be absolutly unbelievable. I have been told by even the most ardent fundamentalist that sheperding is 'legalistic,' clickish and cultic. The Church I knew called themselves, 'spirit bound' and had no use for 'rebelliousness' that is questioning. Only those with a 'spirit covering' could read the scriptures, for you. Just love your sister, post more infromation.
---MikeM on 8/23/07


While it could be a control issue, it does not have to be. One of my churches had a shepherd system where the elders were assigned a group of families in the church, and they ministered to that group of families throughout the year. Simple things like inviting them to dinner to get to know them and learn of their prayer needs. It created a sense of community, and helped the congregation in knowing that there was an elder who they could talk to for help or guidance.
---Madison1101 on 3/26/07


While it could be a control issue, it does not have to be. One of my churches had a shepherd system where the elders were assigned a group of families in the church, and they ministered to that group of families throughout the year. Simple things like inviting them to dinner to get to know them and learn of their prayer needs. It created a sense of community, and helped the congregation in knowing that there was an elder who they could talk to for help or guidance.
---Madison1101 on 3/26/07




I`m going to be controvertial here, as I have belonged to several "shepherding" churches over the years. Usually when I spot them, I leave.
The biggest one in the world is still the RCC, or was when I was a member.
Total control of your thought: the priest/nun dictated and you obeyed, at peril of a whipping.
You could only go to he RCC, or you were damned.
Need I go on?
---mike8384 on 8/20/06


When the Lord began to save people in my little ministry, many churches rushed to," give me a covering(theirs of course)" so anxious where they to have me direct people to their churches that several churches offered to 'ordain" me. One day after praying about this,the lord said to me. I'll be your covering you just deliver the message. I have never been concerned with shepherding churches since.
---mima on 8/19/06


2. e.g. no man from the church could preach in a different church without the permission of the officers of this church and no one could hold a bible study group in their own home unless they were officers of the church i.e. elders, deacons etc. or the wives of these people. They lost some members and regular attendees who were not members because of this 'bullying'
---emg on 8/19/06


1. This subject has been brought up here a few times before. These churches are likened to pyramid selling (MLM) and the ones that I know of operate exactly like that. Many years ago, however, I used to attend an evangelical church which would never have dreamed of calling itself a shepherding church but it applied some of the techniques all the same.
---emg on 8/19/06


Some of the jargon I remember as a teen, in a sheperding church;
'Covering'-a women under daily authority of a Deacon.
Rebellion; Questioning anything a leader tells you.
Cleansing: The time soon when 'the land will be cleansed of sin'-cleansed at the end of a gun.
Spirit bound; Codependent women.
End-times-handmaiden; Young girls molested by men in the church. (Justification, Genesis 16:1-5)
---MikeM on 8/19/06




leaders should not be controlling people, but instead serving them.
---Eloy on 8/19/06


Madison --Would you believe I actually debated whether to Google "Stepford Church" or "Rev.Stepford" to find out more about the church you mentioned??!! LOL. Then it dawned on me:>) Yes, it was kind of a Stepford church. Only I'd never seen anything like it before. Almost didn't believe it at first,then saw that they took it very seriously.
---Donna2277 on 8/19/06


Donna: Sounds like a stepford church.
---Madison1101 on 8/18/06


I believe the "shepherding movement" was most popular about 20 yrs. ago. I only know that there is strong emphasis on people having a "covering" (definitely for all women). The young women (20 somethings) I knew, had to get all their activities approved, their whole weekly schedule and any proposed changes. They were told who to date, what employer they could work for. Of course,they didn't dare miss ANY service at their church. I quickly decided it wasn't for me.
---Donna2277 on 8/18/06


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