Shepherds of the Flock is a life-changing novel that helps the reader better understand an important doctrine and principle that has been overlooked and underemphasized for a long time - Home and Visiting Teaching. Following Elder Holland's recent mandate to be "God's emissaries," the book shifts our emphasis from simply giving a lesson to actually ministering to the needs of the Good Shepherd's flock.
The book tells the story of a newly called LDS bishop as he is taught by a wise mentor the role that home and visiting teaching should play as we "watch over the Church always" and "bear one another's burdens." Along his journey, he discovers that by magnifying this calling, the lives of those that teach and those that are taught are blessed, as love and trust between the shepherd and the lamb are natural consequences.
President Joseph F. Smith said the following about Home and Visiting Teaching: "I don't know of any duty that is more sacred, or more necessary if it is carried out as it should be, than the duties of the teachers who visit the homes of the people, who pray with them, who admonish them to virtue and honor, to unity, to love, and to faith in and fidelity to the cause of Zion."
Shepherds of the Flock - Elevating Home and Visiting Teachers to Home Ministers will help the reader better understand how to become "Ammon-like shepherds" that will feed and protect the the Good Shepherd's flock. As you read and implement the principles in this book, you will come to know the Savior better as you minister the way He would minister, serve the way He would serve, and care the way He would care.
Shepherds of the Flock is a quick read...Every Bishop and Home/Visiting Teacher should read this book. It is in story format and highlights the importance of undershepherds. It describes Home and Visiting teaching as it was intended to be done. It contrasts shepherding versus hirelings. For me, it has created a paradigm shift of Home Teaching from just "teaching" to "ministering". I'm more excited to minister to my families.
After reading Shepherds of the Flock, I was so impressed with the simple concepts and ideas and yet it was so profound. if each of us would apply those principles in our HT/VT what a difference it would make not only in the lives of those we teach but in our own lives.
I would strongly recommend it to help elevate the quality of ones Home or Visiting Teaching.
This book has changed the way i look at home/ visiting teaching, the home and visiting teacher and my role as a leader in the Kingdom. It has shaped a new view of how to accomplish the work of the Lord in my part of his vineyard. This book will be a blessing to all who read it.
I've been a member of the church for 37 years. The teachings in this book ARE the Lord's way of caring for all His children. Nothing has made my role as a Home Minister and Priesthood holder as clear as this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
This book is a quick read but will fill your heart and mind with inspiration on how to truly bless the lives of your home teaching / visit teaching families. It will change your perception of your role as a HT/VT and help you have a vision of what it means to minister. In my current calling, I visit with stake presidents in our area monthly. I was so impressed by the simple concepts taught in this book that I have given a copy to each Stake President. Through the years, Prophets have taught that no calling is more important than that of home teacher / visiting teacher. This book helps you understand those statements and gives very good examples, through a story, of how each one of us can become effective ministers.
Brother Webber's book is filled with great ideas that will improve home teaching in any ward. Topics cover everything from the bishop in his stewardship to the teachers quorum president in his stewardship to the actual home teacher "minister" in his stewardship. The book is also written in story format so it is easy and enjoyable to read.
One of the features I liked most is the summary of notes found at the end of each chapter. This gives the reader a quick overview and easy reference to the concepts discussed and makes it easy to go back and review the most important points at a quick glance.
I would recommend this book to anyone seeking ideas to become a better home teacher or who has stewardship, in any capacity, to help and train home teachers.
This book is a must for every bishop and ward council in the church! I've always felt that the Lord wanted home and visiting teachers to elevate their vision about their role and impact as home ministers. Stephen Webber nailed it!
This book inspired me to do in our ward and quorum what we've always been counseled to do. I gained insights into simple and powerful ideas I could do right now to elevate my service. I found the style enjoyable and the chapters packed with scriptures and quotes that resonated with me. I have no doubt this book will inspire saints around the world to become the kind of home ministers the Lord invites us to be.
This is a fabulous book. I don't normally like parable books, but this one is great...it's more like a series of interviews that leave wonderful nuggets of truth about such an important topic. I love how the author talks about ministering vs. teaching. This is a must read if you want to get better at Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching
As I began reading this inspired book, I felt the Spirit a number of times just in the first few chapters. I was blown away by the uplifting and motivating messages throughout the story line. This easy-to-read novel has so many passages of gold. I couldn't put it down! Shepherds of the Flock will fill you with the love that the Savior encompasses, and it will entice to you reevaluate the way you visit your designated families. You will feel a desire to expand your love of service and charity toward your fellow men. I loved this book!
This book is absolutely inspired. I have never been the greatest when it comes to visiting teaching and this book has solidified how important it actually is. Home Ministering really is the key to everything when it comes to really loving and serving those you have been called to home and visit teach. Instead of a step by step manual this book takes you through the different roles of home and visiting teaching so that we all understand the importance of each calling. I'm so grateful for the testimony I have gained by reading this book!
I can't say enough great things about this book! It was totally different than what I expected it to be. I was shocked, but in a good way. I was thinking, how interesting can a book about Home Teaching really be? Once I started into the story, I was hooked and genuinely excited to devour it all. I never would have imagined it would be such a page turner and that it would make such a difference in the way I viewed Home and Visiting Teaching. It shows such a different perspective on how to truly love and care for those we home and visit teach - things that had just never occurred to me before. This book would be so beneficial for every Stake President, Bishop, Home Teacher and Visiting Teacher.
Although far from perfect at it, I have really strived to be a diligent home teacher. But this wonderful book has made a strong impression upon me and my whole mindset about being a Home Minister.
My companion and I now regularly ask the families we home teach what it is that we can be praying for that would be helpful to them. We've always been good about trying to do things for them. But now to be praying regularly for them as well softens our hearts towards them, and theirs towards us. What a simple but powerful concept! It has been a real blessing.
In addition, our stake has chosen to use this book and its principles as a means of training priesthood and auxiliary leaders to better shoulder the load of ministering in a Christ-like way to the needs of the members. We are excited about better understanding these gospel principles, and I know from personal experience that it is making a difference in my own discipleship.
I can sincerely recommend "Shepherds of the Flock"!