Most home-owners have a toolbox of some type in their home to help with all of the little maintenance projects that come with ownership. You never know when you need to hang a picture or tighten a screw or patch a wall. This toolbox is filled with many different tools to help accomplish these projects.
A pastor does many things in fulfilling his shepherding responsibilities. He prays. He preaches. He counsels. He leads. He encourages. He sympathizes. He comforts. He disciples. He confronts. He reproved. He rebukes. He exhorts. He teaches. He serves. And in all of this activity, he has one tool: the Bible. His shepherding skill comes in how he uses this one tool for the many circumstances that arise in the life of a church.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).