After spending time with a shepherdess named Lynne, I learned many subtle, but powerful lessons into leadership.

At first, Lynne had no idea what to do with her first three pregnant sheep. But experience is a great teacher. Years later, young shepherds were calling her asking for advice about their flock. Lynne became a shepherd of shepherds.

This reminded me of many of my friends who work in a church or ministry. Formal training in leadership is great, but oftentimes jumping in and doing what needs to be done also can provide great training.

Lynne also explained that when sheep are pushed from behind, they are anxious and fearful. But when a shepherdess leads the flock, they come willingly. Anybody can lead by agitation, but leading in a way that makes people want to follow is an art form.


Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more.

She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under 40’ who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif and their superpup, Hershey.

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