At 7 City Church, we have three TEAM VALUES that we play by. We are SERVANT LEADERS, TEAM PLAYERS, and HARD WORKERS. Today we want to focus on being servant leaders.
Four Characteristics of Servant Leadership:
- Servant leaders lead by example
Matthew 23:1-3 (NLT) – Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.
- Servant leaders use power to benefit, not burden, others
Matthew 23:4 (NLT) – They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
- Servant leaders aren’t hung up on titles, perks, or positions
Matthew 23:5-10 (NLT) – “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah.
- Servant leaders model humility
Matthew 23:11-12 (NLT) – The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
George Washington…Servant Leader
One day during the American Revolutionary War, George Washington rode up to a group of soldiers trying to raise a beam to a high position. The corporal who was overseeing the work kept shouting words of encouragement, but they couldn’t manage to do it. After watching their lack of success, Washington asked the corporal why he didn’t join in and help. The corporal replied quickly, “Do you realize that I am the corporal?” Washington very politely replied, “I beg your pardon, Mr. Corporal, I did.” Washington dismounted his horse and helped the soldiers with the beam. Wiping the perspiration from his face, he said, “If you should need help again, call on Washington, your commander in chief, and I will come.” (John Maxwell, The Five Levels of Leadership.)
- Which of the four characteristics of servant leadership is most challenging or inspiring to you?
- What are some practical ways we can be greater servant leaders in our area of ministry?