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Biblical Servant Leadership

Updated: Apr 2

I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way. When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. 1 Peter 5:1-4 MSG

Servant leaders know the value of the organization is found within a team. They strive to make team members feel appreciated and vital to the organization. Servant leaders look around at team members and ask themselves how they can serve each of them better. They lead with authenticity and care to support the team, and understand by doing so, the organization thrives. 

If you were to see my desk, there are Scriptures posted all around it as reminders to me. This week, I want to share Scriptures supporting the idea of servant leadership. I pray you find as much value in them as I do.

But Jesus intervened: “Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. 

Luke 22:25-26

Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life. 

2 Timothy 2:15-16

And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

1 Timothy 4: 12-14

 Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Phil 2:3-4

May God’s Word sustain you as you lead,


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