Servant Leadership

This is a continuation of my summaries and thoughts on the presentations during the Midwest YoungLIfe Staff Conference. Again the theme for the weekend was Discipleship. This post is on the theology of servent leadership. Enjoy!

There are 4 “P’s” when it comes to the theology of servent leadership. Perspective, Posture, Position, and Possibilities.

– Perspective –

It’s not about me…

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~ Philippians 2:5-11

– Posture –

Q: How do we approach others?

A: With gratitude

Gratitude, in the Biblical sense of the word, is finally understood at the cross.

“In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” ~ 1 John 4:10

When we are leaders, are we pre-prayed as much as we are prepared?

– Position –

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Junior once said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve“.

This is remarkably profound and incredibly simple, at the same time. Greatness therefore, is about serving, humility, submission, surrender, community, and brokenness.

– Possibilities –

This is overwhelming. The possibilites for us as followers of Christ seem endless! This idea seems to be coming up over and over in my life. Just as Jesus did before every meal, He wants to take us, bless us, break us, and give us.

The most important question in leadership, “How can I serve?”

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