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Family Shepherds (By the author of Family Driven Faith): Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes [Kindle Edition]

Voddie Baucham Jr.
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Book Description

God has mandated the transfer of his truth from one generation to the next. Because this transfer takes place primarily in the home, Voddie Baucham Jr. seeks to guide men in faithfully shepherding their families. 

Derived from Baucham’s monthly meetings with men in his church, Family Shepherds calls men to accountability for their God-given responsibilities as husbands and fathers. This book will inspire them to live better, love better, and lead better so that their families will thrive in every way.

Baucham’s clear style and practical approach will help men protect their marriage, raise kingdom-minded children, value the synergy between church and home, and navigate difficult family dynamics. It will inspire them to carefully evaluate and live out their role in all areas of life. 

Family Shepherds is a book that every father needs and that every church will want as a resource for training the men in their congregations.



Editorial Reviews

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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, Associate Professor of Leadership and Family Ministry Director of the Doctor of Education Program, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“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 T. BAUCHAM JR. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the preaching pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. He is also a sought-after preacher, conference speaker, and lecturer. He has written three books, including Family Driven Faith and What He Must Be.


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  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (November 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00657QTPC
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great look at what men are called to be in their homes 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 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equipping Men to Lead December 1, 2011
By parkerj
Format:Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Family Discipleship February 8, 2012
By Caleb
Format:Paperback
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.

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Marriage Enrichment- Discipleship at home starts with a strong marriage built upon the Biblical foundation for what a marriage should look like.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
Great book. As a young father and husband this book is crucial
Published 24 days ago by Cody Kitchens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for men leading their families
This was an excellent book. It is both convicting and encouraging. A necessary, honest look at the role of men shepherding their families. It is also very practical and motivating. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent and challenging book. Calling men to lead the family flock in a biblical and consistent manner.
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Hasz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read for heads of the home!
Insightful!
Restores the biblical perspective of household headship. A must read! Definitely an asset for men who never experienced a biblical headship in their own experience... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Henry Alvarado
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book on the Need for Men to be Family Shepherds
As a husband and a relatively new father of 13 year old adopted daughter, I am always on the lookout for helpful resources that direct the reader to solid biblical truth on how to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael C. Boling
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good message, but pretentious writing.
Published 9 months ago by Adam Garson
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish more fathers would read it,
I really do wish more fathers would read this book. I really appreciate what Baucham is pushing for. This is an emphasis that has been too neglected in recent decades.
Published 9 months ago by Eric Durso
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for any Husband and Father
Nothing all that new, but a fresh reminder of a man's role in his family.
Published 10 months ago by David Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars deep read
Great book. Can be dry at times,however, the overall ideas resonated with me. I would recommend this book to a friend
Published 10 months ago by Ashley Hyman
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of a leader.
Brilliant book, showing the importance of a husband and a father as thr leader of the house. A must read.
Published 10 months ago by Hugo
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More About the Author

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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