LGD 166: Servant Leaders

Two teens laying a roof in Mexico

We are just a few short days away from turning the calendar over for another year.

Two teens laying a roof in Mexico
Photo by Dave Anthold (2018) | Ensenada, Mexico

As we think about the new year, goals or New Years Resolutions often come to mind.

This coming year, it may be more difficult to focus on these goals, with anxiety and stress levels at all-time highs due to the virus’s surge.

In my day job, I manage a small team of people that requires me to adapt my leadership style to the person and their particular needs.

Sometimes the most difficult part of managing people is knowing what they need to succeed and how to help them achieve it.

In the book of Matthew it says,

“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant”

Matthew 20:26

Servant leadership is the desired way of leading, but accomplishing that is often difficult. Christ said if you want to be first you need to be last.

Servant leadership means leading from a position of service and support. As this type of leader, you still have to make the tough calls, develop your staff, manage the budget, and help team members succeed.

However, you lead with service in mind. If you have the gift of leadership this may come easier to you, but not always.

You can be a servant leader in your home as well as the workplace. Serving each other is part of who we are as believers. The Church is there to help serve our communities and our fellow believers.

Today, exercise some servant leadership and do the dishes – mom’s everywhere will be singing your praises.

When you get back to the workplace or see your students or work with your church staff, spend a few minutes asking them how they are and what you can do for them to help them succeed in 2021.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the simple reminder to place others above ourselves. During this season of giving, help us to remember it is more blessed to give than receive. Please bring a quick end to the virus, and heal those who are sick. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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