The idea behind this study about gatekeeping comes from John 10, where Jesus used a term to describe how a shepherd would place himself in the doorway of the sheepfold in order to protect the flock. He alone determined who came in or went out of the fold.
For me, gatekeeping has come to describe the process we use in our church to determine who becomes part of us or not. We don’t believe our church is like a public library, where anyone can come in. We need to be more discerning about who is going to influence our people.
Today, pastors need to become more intentional about gatekeeping in order to preserve the wellbeing of the flock. To illustrate this point, I tell my story about how this practice came to be part of our lives and what happened as we tried to follow it in our churches.