Chief Shepherd

After telling the elders of the church in what manner to shepherd or pastor the church flock, Peter promised that when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:4 NIV)

Pastoring or shepherding was a special calling for Peter. Jesus (Yeshua‘) had made that very clear to him (John 21:15-19). Paul also considered it a high calling and gave instructions to the leaders of the church in Ephesus (Acts 20:28).

Chief Shepherd - a name of Jesus pictured in the Greek text of 1 Peter 5:4.

Chief Shepherd – a name of Jesus in 1 Pet. 5:4.

Chief Shepherd in Greek:


Strong’s Concordance number: 750

Bible reference: 1 Pet. 5:4

Similar names for God are the Shepherd of Israel and simply My Shepherd. Jesus is called the Great Shepherd of the sheep and the Good Shepherd.