Sheep Stink A Pastoral Thought

I was talking to a pastor friend about the work of the ministry and the local church.  We were talking about the work the Bible describes, the hard work.  He summed it up nice and succinctly.

People are sheep. Sheep stink and bite. Feeding them isn’t really hard, living with them is.

For what it’s worth…


tagged as in Gospel,theology

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eddie Exposito March 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm

That’s a ridiculous comment

2 johnMark March 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

You prove the pastor’s point sheep do bite!

I guess they even bite themselves!

3 abclay March 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Mark??? What’s up??? Starting to sound like those people who don’t like “Church People”?

I can tell you for certain, if I am in need of comfort and assistance, I’ll take a dirty sheep over a “Velvet Jesus” any day (and ten times on Sunday).

Perhaps we should push for more regenerate church membership?

Just my .02.

4 johnMark March 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm


I love church people. I’m one of them. I stink and bite, but Jesus cleans me up. There is a broader context to the above. And Eddie is the one who actually said what I quoted. 🙂

5 Carla Rolfe March 4, 2009 at 11:08 pm

“Eddie is the one who actually said what I quoted”

I knew that as soon as I saw his first comment. What a troublemaker that guy is!

6 Tyler Recker March 5, 2009 at 1:19 am

The best advice I got early on in ministry was:

“Sheep bite and shepherds fight.”

7 johnMark March 5, 2009 at 9:57 am


That’s another keeper!



8 abclay March 5, 2009 at 1:22 pm

ahhhh……It didn’t sound like you.

count me stupid, I would run right off a cliff…

9 Darrin March 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I don’t think I fully appreciate the difficulty with which our ministers must often shepherd us, as we so easily wander off the path. Thanks to the Great Shepherd for giving strength and wisdom to the pastors/elders who faithfully lead us, even when we are thankless.

10 Mark October 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

I thought of this post/quote again today after reading another statement along the same lines. It’s a good completion of the picture of sheep, or Christians in the church.

Even though sheep often bite they are still precious.

Darrin Patrick. Taken from his book Church Planter, I presume.


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