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Leadership 101 – Part 7 – Servant








Of servant leadership, Warren Wiersbe says,”To put it plainly, shepherds serve their sheep. Shepherds know their sheep and can call them by name. They lead their sheep to places where they can find food, water, and shelter. They protect the sheep from enemies, they appy oil when the sheep have been cut or bruised, they enable the sheep to be useful in growing wool, providing milk, and reproducing after their kind. When any of the sheep go astray, the shepherd goes after them and seeks to bring them back.”

Jesus referred to Himself as a servant. “… the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve …” (Mark 10:45) Paul also saw his primary role in this way. He was a “bondservant of Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:1) “… what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) And to the Thessalonian church he wrote, “… being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8) In other words, Paul was saying “We’re here for you! What do you need? How can we serve you?”

Many words and phrases are used to describe leadership: management, control, guidance, direction, oversight, persuasion, influence, mobilization, taking charge, the ability to get others to follow you, etc. But, real leadership is servant leadership. Afterall, that’s how Jesus described His relationship to His disciples… “I am among you as the one who serves.” (Luke 22:27)

And what does He ask of us? Simple. “Go and do likewise.”




Leadership 101 – Part 7 – Servant written by: · March 15, 2007
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One Response to “Leadership 101 – Part 7 – Servant”
  1. kraig says:

    Perhaps THE defining characteristic that separates Christian leaders from non-Christian.

    Oswald J. Sanders has a classic book on this. I think it’s called “Spiritual Leadership”.

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