1 Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them.

I Corinthians 4:1

This passage gives us great insight into the proper roll of leaders. We are servants. No matter what position or title we hold we are first servants. Our attitudes are to be a direct reflection of Jesus. Our behaviors are to reflect Jesus. He taught the people with parables and stories that related to their everyday life. He modeled the lifestyle of prayer, studying the scriptures, giving generously, compassion, patience and forgiveness to all of God’s children. He expected the disciples to follow and made sure that his followers were always taken care of.

Pastors, board members, church staff members, worship leaders, ministry team leaders and ministers in training all should be assuming the attitude of a servant. What does this really mean? Should we make sure everyone else is served at a community meal before we eat? Do we give up our privileged parking spaces? As servant leaders do we look out for the best interest everyone else at the expense of our own privilege and well being?

I believe the answer is yes. We have to have our minds transformed from the world’s thinking to God’s design. Many leaders have expressed what their leaders owe them, loyalty, dedication, political coverage etc… God’s servant leadership design demands that we as the question “how may I serve you”. I love Ken Blanchard, Steven Covey and John Maxwell as authors on leadership. Ken Blanchard has made the most profound impact on me.

Servant Leader, and Lead Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard have been huge influences on my perspective of leadership as a Christian. The simple yet profound principles from the life of Jesus, and dozens of stories and leadership examples from his life experiences, veteran author, speaker and leadership expert Ken Blanchard, guided me through the process of discovering how to lead like Jesus. It is amazing how these insights are sitting in the scriptures and as a Christian leader for over 20 years I was better equipped to lead a consulting engagement or business acquisition meeting. Servant Leadership is diametrically opposed to the corporate leadership principals that most of us learn. It is hard work to lead from a servant’s position but I know that it can be done as long as I follow the example of Jesus as the model servant leader.

Learning to Serve
Learning to Lead

Rev. William T Chaney Jr
Senior Servant Leader
West Baltimore UMC
5130 Greenwich
Baltimore, MD 21229
(410) 945-8397

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