This past weekend we had a leadership meeting with our leaders and we walked through what it looked like to be a servant leader by looking at the life of Jesus, the greatest leader of them all. We all know servant leadership has been modeled to us by Jesus. This is why He was so effective. As leaders of ministries and teams of volunteers, we need to be teaching servant leadership and what that means. I feel when we grasp this we will be able to break through whatever glass ceiling we are facing.
There are two things we need to watch out for in us and in our leaders that will kill any good that servant leadership brings:
Entitlement – The feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges) will kill anything that breathes servant leadership. Weed this out of your leadership team and your own leadership style. It’s when the thoughts of, “I deserve this position” or “The church owes me this” is when we will find ourselves wondering what happened to our leadership.
Laziness – Not liking to work hard or to be active. I have seen it all over Facebook. Lack of planning and last-minute asks for help for a game, graphic, sermon whatever because we were too lazy to plan ahead and actually be prepared. Servant leadership is not lazy, it takes work but it’s most effective.
How do you combat these things? Jesus did both these things:
Lead with Humility– the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, or rank. Jesus was the master of this. We need to learn how to master this as well. The opposite of entitlement is humility.
Matthew 20:28 – For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Leading by Example – Again, Jesus was the master at his. We as leaders have the ability to demand but servant leaders are motivated by love and educate by example. We need lead out in doing what we want to see. The opposite of laziness is leading the way and doing what we want our leaders to be doing, not just telling them what to do.
John 13:14-15 – And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.