The scope of this article is to expand the shepherd model of leadership functions as portrayed
by the shepherd metaphor. The identification and the biblical usage of the shepherd and the
sheep is explored, with special focus on the role of the shepherd. This role is identified as that
of caring, courage, and guidance. The caring function includes activities such as restoration,
feeding, watering, grooming, shearing, delivering lambs, leading, and protection. The function
of courage focuses on activities of assuming responsibility, serving and participating in change.
The function of guidance gives a special highlight on hodegos [leader or guide] – to lead or to
guide in regard to a decision or future course of action. This is where the leadership training
is based. The conclusion is the call for leaders in the ecclesiastical community to pursue the
shepherd-leader model for the advance and the effectiveness of the mission Dei [mission of
God] in the world.