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“Voddie Baucham has captured the keys to equipping men to be a leader in their homes! This book provides a practical, biblical view to reform a man’s life to reach new heights in leading his home with the future of the kingdom in mind! I highly recommend this book to any man daring enough to step up, press in, and become the shepherd and leader of his home and to help end ‘spiritual fatherlessness’ in this passivity-saturated nation.”
Joe White, President, Kanakuk Kamps; author, FaithTraining

“Scripture gives us a clear directive to ‘look well to the ways of our household.’ Unfortunately, for far too many Christian households, that mandate and responsibility gets relegated to anyone or anything but the precious institution known as the family itself. In this powerfully important and timely book, Dr. Baucham challenges the church to reinstate the biblical concept of father-headship of households and to establish and implement the principles of family discipleship. As a wife and mother, I celebrate the clarion call this book offers to those who want to see real revival in the nation by understanding it begins at home.”
Janet Parshall, Host and Executive Producer, In the Market with Janet Parshall

“In seeking to develop gospel-driven family ministry, there’s an
unavoidable question that too few resources have clearly answered:
 How do we develop a church culture that equips and mobilizes men? In
 Family Shepherds, Voddie Baucham goes beyond surface-level
 solutions that identify biblical masculinity with everything from
 watching mixed-martial arts to participating in emotionally-charged
 stadium events. What Voddie provides instead is a simple and
 straightforward biblical vision for equipping men to embrace their
 God-ordained roles as servant-leaders. This vision flows from Voddie’s commitment to articulate biblically what it
 means for men to shepherd their families well.”
Timothy Paul Jones, author, Misquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus

“Rarely does a church see the husband and father as the key to shepherding his own family. Instead we have developed ministry expertise in the local church that seemingly no longer needs a man to step up and serve as the spiritual leader of his home. There are few mistakes more tragic than this one, and generations have suffered and will suffer if we do not call men to step up and serve as the spiritual leader. Family Shepherds is the primary tool that pastors and church leaders need to bridge that gap and to execute the building of the local church as God intended and has communicated in his Word.”
Brian Doyle, Founder and President, Iron Sharpens Iron

About the Author

Voddie Baucham Jr. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the seminary at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. Author of a number of books, including Family Driven FaithThe Ever-Loving Truth, and Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors, Baucham is also a pastor, church planter, and conference speaker.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433523698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433523694
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary.

Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God's word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged.

Voddie's area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/ womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life.

It is impossible to understand Voddie's approach to the Bible without first understanding the path he has walked. Raised in a non-Christian, single-parent home, Voddie did not hear the gospel until he was in college. His journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one. Consequently, he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it's like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to 'outsiders' in ways few Bible teachers can.

Voddie Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England.

Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have five children, Jasmine, Trey, Elijah, Asher and Judah. They are committed home educators.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Reich on November 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Last week I read through Voddie Baucham's book Family Shepherds. Like his other books (Family Driven Faith and What He Must Be...If He wants to Marry my Daughter), it was a fast read but packed a lot into it.

There are not a lot of books out there that actually call men to be men in a biblical way. It either comes off as calling men to continue to abdicate their God given role and be weak, or to continue to abuse that role through sin. Most books about what God calls men and women to be spend most of their time saying, "This is what submission and leadership are not" but then never really say what it is. On top of this, most men and women who follow Jesus genuinely want to know what the Bible calls them to be. Most men want to lead their families, they are just not sure how.

If that's you, Voddie Baucham's books are a great place to start, particularly this one. The book is broken up into 4 parts: what the Bible calls husbands and fathers (family shepherds is what he calls them) to be, how to disciple your wife and kids, building a foundation in your marriage, and then how to evaluate your life and pace to fulfill what God has called you to.

What is a family shepherd? Baucham said he uses the term for a number of reasons, "It reminds me of the goal of my work. I'm shepherding my children toward Christ. My goal is not to raise children who conform to my hopes, wishes, dreams, or standards; my goal is to raise children who walk in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4)."

Overall, the book was incredibly helpful for me. While some parts are things he has written on in other places, I especially found the chapters on family worship and discipline to be helpful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By parkerj on December 1, 2011
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The subtitle for this book "Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes" could not be more accurate for what this book is attempting to do. So the ultimate question is: Does this book accomplish its purpose? The answer is a resounding YES!! Voddie Baucham has continued his excellent writings/preaching on the family with this excellent book. The book is broken down into five parts. Part one is an introduction to the book and its purpose, namely, making sure readers have an understanding of a biblical view of the family. Parts two - five are actually a breakdown of what Grace Family Baptist Church goes through in their men's meeting on a yearly basis. The first of these sections is Family Discipleship and Evangelism. The stress in this section is that it is the father's job to be the primary teacher in his children's lives. The chapter on catechizing our kids is a wonderful read and defense for catechizing. The reasons why we do not anymore and the closing quote by BB Warfield are very insightful to our neglect of this wonderful technique on teaching sound doctrine to our kids. Part three is on Marriage Enrichment. This section is good. Much of the material can be found in Voddie's other writings or sermons, but the charge for men to lead is not one that gets old and certainly is worth hearing again. Part four covers Training and Discipline of Children. This section starts with a wonderful chapter on the implications of what we believe have on how we raise our kids and discipline them. The chapter centers on the differences in approach one has based on theology, namely, Augustinianism/Calvinism vs. Pelagianism/Semi-Pelagianism.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By steve pack on January 5, 2012
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Voddie Baucham, the preaching pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas and the author of Family Driven Faith, has written another book titled, Family Shepherds, seeking to help Christian men fulfill their God-given role as the shepherds of their families faith.

All Christians have heard the stories of the busy pastor, or the busy missionary who has great success in his ministry at the expense of his own family. As sad as that story is it is no less sad to see the busy Christian dad, who is not a "professional" of the church, struggle with success in the professional world and feel helpless as his family seems to fade away into the background. Many times the father, who truly desires to please God, feels as if he is failing. The problem reveals that the church is failing, or struggling, in the arena of discipleship. This either is not happening in proper equipping of men to study and obey the Word of God or in communicating the role of the church professional verses the role of the father in his home.

In his book, Bauchman observes the problem of men who desire to obey God by leading their families but become guilty of handing over their shepherding role to the church staff. He identifies some of the reasons this might be happening. Certainly one of the obvious reasons is that fathers don't feel spiritually mature themselves. While this is an issue, Bauchman doesn't let the local church off the hook, "it's important that we recognize the synergy between what we do as churches and what people do in their families....The things we do corporately will go a long way toward determining how much we can expect to change privately"(41).
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