This is an engaging history of the Shepherding Movement, an influential and controversial expression of the charismatic renewal in the 1970s and 1980s. This neopentecostal movement, led by popular Bible teachers Ern Baxter, Don Basham, Bob Mumford, Derek Prince and Charles Simpson, became a house/cell church movement in the United States.
'The Shepherding Movement' is an ecclesiological case study of an attempt at renewing church structures. Its emphasis on submission to a personal pastor, or 'shepherd' as the movement termed it, brought accusations of authoritarianism. The Shepherding movement's story provides a unique perspective on the history of the charismatic renewal in the United States and its struggle to handle a controversy that forever changed the Renewal's ecumenical character.
It will serve well as a case study in classes focussed in the history of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements and classes in studying ecclesiology.