Servant leadership

Servant leadership means nurturing and shepherdingThere are two types of leadership: Leader first (self-serving leadership), and servant first (servant leadership).

Jesus was an example of servant first leadership. He said:
“You [His disciples] know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man [Jesus] did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mk. 10:42-45).

And we encourage servant first leadership at church. This means nurturing and shepherding rather than command and control.

The paradoxes of servant leadership
By Philip Clark Brewer

Strong enough to be weak
Successful enough to fail
Busy enough to make time
Wise enough to say “I don’t know”
Serious enough to laugh
Rich enough to be poor
Right enough to say “I’m wrong”
Compassionate enough to discipline
Mature enough to be childlike
Important enough to be last
Planned enough to be spontaneous
Controlled enough to be flexible
Free enough to endure captivity
Knowledgeable enough to ask questions
Loving enough to be angry
Great enough to be anonymous
Responsible enough to play
Assured enough to be rejected
Victorious enough to lose
Industrious enough to relax
Leading enough to serve

G Mathew

About George Hawke

I live in Sydney, Australia
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1 Response to Servant leadership

  1. Emily Graham says:

    Love the paradox. Thank you!

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