Redefining Shepherding to FATHERING 

By Jane Johnson – Founder of Ecclesia Framework

Please share as we are all called to reach the nations and bring in the new wineskin.

FATHERING is at the core of the nature of the father and was modelled by fathers such as Moses , and Abraham 

In a group encounter we saw a mandate to reintroduce a correct form of shepherding which we did as Kings (Rev 1 says we can become kings). Moving away from OVER SHEPHERDING.  This is some of the revelation I see as heavens blueprint.

Stats show only 4% of churches multiply themselves and 96 % are committed to spiritual addition . This needs dealing with. 


  • Trusting God will shepherd  his flock (psalm 23 – the lord is my shepherd) – pointing them to engage heaven as their source of life(not conferences, podcasts, books).
  • True leaders work themselves out of a role and encourage those they are fathering to go higher.
  • True apostles always father another and build successors.
  • Choosing Rats from 2tim 2:2 that are reliable faithful and teachable and able to pass on what they know .
  • Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples not bring people to church to be ministered by people in different areas .
  • Letting people make their own mistakes knowing they will grow more.
  • Being humble seeing we do not know everything and often not more than who we are fathering.
  • Trusting everyone can hear from god and the more we let them do that the more they will grow in that skill.
  • Everyone is a powerful son and god gives greater revelation to the humble and lowly in heart (so looking to  heaven and the body to disciple not celebrities/ pastors).
  • Finding rapport with people and common ground. Not this is the way we do it.
  • Shepherding people to find their scroll in heaven.
  • Only having to be one step ahead of the other.
  • Fathered someone to maturity to have a place on the counsel of the fathers.


  • Over control (you must meet this criteria to be in my network).
  • Overseeing (not allowing freedom to go with their scroll but how can I use you for my organisation).
  • Checking out and vetting people not believing the best about someone (it is up to god to judge). We are never to judge others and certainly not on outward behaviour, e.g. do they smoke, what they wear, do they attend our meetings all the time.
  • Making them wait for your timing.
  • Being intimidated by someones strengths compared to our own.
  • Saying you don’t know them so not welcoming their contribution or inviting relationship.
  • Asking for commitment to your events instead of respecting their calling may take them to many different activities.
  • Making judgements on a persons spirituality based on outside appearance – the bible says “do not judge on mere appearances  but make a right judgement.”  God is the judge and we are not to assess them.