The UBF shepherding system is built on something called one-to-one Bible study. Every new student recruited on campus is assigned a personal, lifelong shepherd to watch over his or her life. The shepherd is to be a spiritual parent for the student. He or she is responsible for the moral and spiritual performance and growth of the student into the UBF system.
In the future, this personal shepherd will work with the chapter director to arrange the student's marriage. Above all, the shepherd's job is to keep the student (called a sheep) in the hierarchical system of shepherds.