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Servant Leadership Lessons

Servant Leadership Lessons

Servant Leadership

What have you learned through the rough seasons/failures of life?

Failure is my greatest motivator in life. One recent instance of failure occurred when I was trying to broker a land swap with a developer her in Las Vegas. Our church was looking to get a better piece of property closer to public utilities. After one year of trying to negotiate a deal, everything fell apart and I was stuck with the same piece of property. I learned through that event that God had a plan that I could not control. I could not lean on my own understanding, as Proverbs warns, as to why this deal would not go through. I know now that on that unwanted piece of property is a 15,000-square foot building God had me build to house a 1,000 people each week for worship. God has a plan and I just need to abide in him and enjoy the ride.

 

What is the difference between a man-centered approach to servant leadership and a God-centered one?

Matthew 6:24 tells the reader that man cannot serve two masters. People either focus on God or they focus on themselves. Man-centered approach to servant leader is individually focused. The “its all about me” mindset is common, and self-promotion and self-protection are key traits of this ideology (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008). A servant leader should be God-focused, which leads to caring for others. “Servant leadership is to be a living statement of who we are in Christ, how we treat one another, and how we demonstrate the love of Christ” (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008, p.12). A man-centered servant leader is a servant of himself. A Christ-centered servant leader is a servant of God.

 

What are some of the challenges of practically practicing servant leadership?

Servant leadership is an uncomfortable topic that forces us to acknowledge sin. All men are slaves to sin apart from Christ (Fischer, 2010). Servant leadership battles the wicked heart spoken of by the prophet Jeremiah. Servant leadership battles pride when he is leading apart from God’s power. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:16, The New King James Version). Trust can also make it difficult for a servant leader to invest into someone and prohibit the leader from empowering others (Blanchard & Hodges, 2008).

 

How does a biblical, covenantal perspective inform our understanding of servant leadership?

A covenant is not merely a contractual agreement but a relationship by choice (Fischer, 2010). Power can be more collaborative and less centralized in a covenant relationship due to the amount of trust the is established in the relationship. Trust comes from leaders taking the time to communicate with their employees to ensure they are cared for. Trust then leads to mutual accountability is a key aspect of a covenant that helps leaders see the big picture and new ideas (Fischer, 2010).

 

References

Blanchard, K., & Hodges, P.  (2008). Lead Like Jesus.  Nashville, TN:  Thomas Nelson.

Fischer, K.  (2010). Biblical Leadership [Presentation].  Retrieved from

https://learn.liberty.edu/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_340147_1&content_id=_16445219_1

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