The gift of Shepherding (pastoring) will give you the ability to reach out and care in a spiritual manner for an individual or for a group. You will serve as one who is a counselor, an encourager, a shepherd. You will see that God’s Word is fed to those in your care, and you will also feel a responsibility for the general well-being of the individual or group.

Scriptural References: Ephesians 4:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, Acts 20:28

 People with this gift:

  • take responsibility to nurture the whole person in their walk with God.
  • provide guidance and oversight to a group of God’s people.
  • model with their life what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus.
  • strive to lead others to greater obedience to God.
  • feel responsible to lead and protect any that God has entrusted to their care.

A person with this gift is usually:

  • Caring
  • Nurturing
  • Guiding
  • Supportive
  • Discipling
  • Protective
  • Relational
  • Restoring

Examples of Ministry Opportunities:

Visitation Ministry, small group host, youth ministry volunteer, youth ministry trip chaperone

This gift belongs to the category RESPONSIBILITY. You may find it useful to get information on other gifts in this category: Administration, Leadership.

Cautions for people with this gift: passing judgment when they feel others are neglecting or abusing their responsibilities; finding it difficult to say “no” because of the desire to support others.