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Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes (Baucham)

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We’ve heard it said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation.” But it can also be said that “as the father goes, so goes the family.” Consequently, Voddie Baucham has set out to teach men how to faithfully shepherd their families.

Derived from Baucham’s monthly meetings with men in his church, Family Shepherds calls men to accountability for their God-given responsibilities in their homes. Baucham’s clear style and practical approach will spur men to protect their marriage, raise kingdom-minded children, value the synergy between church and home, and navigate difficult family dynamics.

Family Shepherds is a book for any husband or father looking to lead well, and it will serve as an excellent resource for churches looking to equip the men in their congregations.

Table of Contents:

Part One: The Need to Equip Family Shepherds - Gaining a More Biblical View of the Family

1. The Bible and the Family's Role in Discipleship

2. A Three-Pronged Approach to Biblical Discipleship

3. One Shepherd's Journey

Part Two: Family Discipleship and Evangelism - Equipping Men to be Priests and Prophets in Their Homes

4. Heralding the Gospel at Home

5. Catechism and Christian Education

6. Family Worship

Part Three: Marriage Enrichment - Equipping Men to Love Their Wives as Christ Loved the Church

7. The Purpose of Marriage

8. The Primacy of Marriage

9. Male Headship in the Home

Part Four: The Training and Discipline of Children - Equipping Men to Raise Kingdom-Minded Warriors

10. Remembering the Fall

11. Formative Discipline

12. Corrective Discipline

Part Five: Lifestyle Evaluation - Equipping Men to Count the Cost of Family Discipleship

13. Church Membership

14. Our Use of Time

15. Dual Citizenship


Voddie Baucham Jr. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the seminary at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia. The author of a number of books, and is also a pastor, church planter, and conference speaker.


“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