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What is servant leadership?

Submitted: 10/11/2012
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Question: Please further explain the following statement which has been derived from Matthew 20:25-28. 'We are called to be servants who lead, rather than leaders who serves?'

Answer: This statement emphasizes the idea that all Christian leadership is an act of service to the ones being led. This kind of 'servant leadership' is modeled on the style of leadership demonstrated by Jesus, who said, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” but also said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Luke 6:46-47; Mark 10:45). It is a style of Christian leadership that places the well-being of those being led ahead of the well-being of the leader. As an example, a Christian man leads his family for their sake, not for what he can get out of it. In the same way, pastors lead an assembly for the sake of the assembly, not for what they get out of it (e.g. a paycheck, notoriety, a sense of power, etc.). This is the heart of servant leadership. For more on this topic, please see our article called 'Servant Leadership' found on Shelf 4 of the Apostolic Free Library on this webiste.