As a relatively new parent and a definitely new pastor I’m always on the lookout for books and resources to help with family discipleship. Family Shepherds is a book that is practical, accessible, and will be very helpful to parents (especially dads) who desire to disciple their families well.
The book is divided up into five parts which I’ll list and briefly describe so that you can get a feel for the content of the book.
- The Need to Equip Family Shepherds- This introductory section deals with the move away from the family as the primary source of discipleship and theological knowledge towards a “leave it to the professionals” mindset. Baucham encourages a return to practices of family worship and toward a view of the family as the primary means of discipleship rather than a children’s minister or a youth pastor.
- Family Discipleship and Evangelism-Here the emphasis is placed on the importance of dads being the spiritual leaders in their homes by proclaiming the Gospel at home and educating their children in the Scriptures.
- Marriage Enrichment- Discipleship at home starts with a strong marriage built upon the Biblical foundation for what a marriage should look like.
- The Training and Discipline of Children- This section explores the Scriptural mandates to discipline children and how best to do it in a redemptive fashion.
- Lifestyle Evaluation- This section digs into everyday life and asks men to examine their lifestyle choices and make family discipleship a priority.
This book is decidedly old fashioned but in a good way. Not everything from yesteryear is worth returning to but there are many things to be learned from how Christians in the past engaged their families in discipleship and how we can recover that practice today. This book is a good starting point for beginning that journey.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.