Shepherding humans

Here is a picture of a book I will be reading soon.
It has sat in my bookcase far to long unread.

The Bible is a rich treasure chest of metaphors and stories many of which address shepherding sheep and using analogies of humans as sheep. Jesus referred to himself as The Good Shepherd in The Gospel of John chapter 10

In NLP, building rapport is a primary objective. I see Jesus talking about rapport in the verses 3-4, “and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” I see rapport contrasted against a lack of rapport in verse 6, “Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” When I explain relationships to people I divide them into three reactions, you have rapport, resistance or ambivalence.

Within NLP using metaphors is exceptionally important for speaking to the subconscious, the use of metaphors will be dealt with in a separate post in a future blog post in more detail. It is sufficient to say for now that Jesus used them as a tool effectively and well a long time before NLP which is a very recent set of methodologies.

In this first blog post I am thinking about Pastoring which is a shepherding term. It is about caring, feeding and protecting the vulnerable, helping them by leading them and guiding them. I have mentioned the term NLP quite a lot, it stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming which I will explain in my second blogging post.

For now my first post will be short and a bit rushed with plenty of room for improvement. The importance lies in breaking inertia and getting this blog underway. I will update at a later date.

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