Many books on pastoral theology focus on the behavioral and social sciences. Others concentrate on management techniques. This book is different.In Skilful Shepherds Derek Tidball seeks a biblical foundation for pastoral theology. He discusses the extensive shepherding imagery found in the Bible and asks how it is applied to leadership. He then assesses how pastoral theology has been understood in the history of the church. Finally, working from this biblical and historical research, Tidball draws important lessons for some of today's key ministry areas.Since its first release in 1986, Skilful Shepherds has come to be seen as something of a classic in its field. It is now being reissued, with a new preface, in recognition that the need for good pastoral theology has not diminished.