Training Category: Shepherding Ministry
If we liken parents’ role to shepherding (Deut. 6:4-9; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4), then we must conclude that their responsibilities include what shepherds would do.
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Tips for Parents Who Want to Effectively Shepherd Their Children
Shepherds are most effective in fulfilling their responsibilities when they understand the condition of the flock (Prov. 27:23-24). The same is true with parents which might be applied as follows:
Parents must learn the personal bent of each child.
Train a child in the way he should go (according to his bent), and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Prov. 22:6)
Parents must discern what is in the heart of the child.
The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. (Prov. 20:5)
Parents must be aware of the influences the child faces.
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20)
The above points are included in the Shepherding Ministry Manual that lists parenting as a shepherding venue.