Dr. Timothy Zimmerman Witmer completed the Master of Divinity degree at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) in 1979. He was ordained soon after as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and was installed as Assistant Pastor of Berith (now Springton Lake) Presbyterian Church in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. In 1986 he was called to serve as Pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania where he remains to this day. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1998 and began to lead “Shepherd Our Sheep” (SOS) workshops and seminars to aid church leaders understand the importance of shepherding their congregations. In order to advance this ministry he founded The Shepherds’ Institute in 2000. In 1999 he was invited to join the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary where he is Professor of Practical Theology, Coordinator of the Department of Practical Theology, Director of the Mentored Ministry Program, and Director of the Master of Divinity degree program.
THE SHEPHERD LEADER
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This is a book that strives to bring the importance of shepherding to the forefront of our thinking about what church leaders should do and, therefore, what they should be. Too many church leaders perceive of themselves as a board of directors when the Bible is clear that they are to know, feed, lead, and protect the flock entrusted to their care. The Shepherd Leader unpacks the four primary ministries of shepherds - knowing, feeding, leading, and protecting - on macro (church-wide) and micro (personal) levels, providing seven elements to be incorporated into an effective shepherding plan.