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Servant Leadership Presented by Ed Gilman

Slide 2:Are You A Leader?

Servant Leadership

Slide 3: What is a Leader?

“A Leader is someone called by God to lead, whose character honors God, and who possesses the competencies to be effective.” – George Barna

God develops His leaders over their lifetime. He begins by calling them to ministry, each person specifically chosen for His purpose. He then prepares & equips them for ministry. (even though learning is a lifetime experience) He then places them in ministry. (typically they feel inadequate at first) He then begins to prepare them for His next assignment in ministry. The most important part of God’s development of a leader is in character. (“being” who God wants, comes before “doing” what God wants) God’s Leadership School List all the significant people and events that helped shape your life and ministry. (Birth, family, church, influencers, mileposts) Next, look at your time-line and see if you can group several of these significant pieces into “phases” of development in your life. (ie: childhood, education, 1st ministry, etc) Determine what God was doing in you in each of these phases. A Chronological time-line of your life Sample Time-Line DOM PERSONAL 20TH WORK 40TH WEDDING AWARDS RENEWAL ANNIVERSARY ANNIVERSARY BIRTH PARENTS CHILDHOOD MARRIAGE VOCATION SEP. CHILDREN NATIONAL SPORTS LARRY F. GUARD CONVERSION LAKEVIEW LEON B. RODNEY D. DEACON GENE G. N.O.B.T.S. MARRERO BOBBY H. LAKEVIEW PINELLAS (Y&Ed) (Ed&Y) (RE DIR.) SUNCOAST DAUGHTERS DAUGHTERS GRANDCHILDREN MET (D.O.M.) COLLEGE MARRIED (5) FATHER L O V E F A I T H M I N I S T R Y L E A D E R S H I P I N T I M A C Y OLD TESTAMENT Moses preparation: Exiled To the Desert David’s preparation: Escaped To the Desert NEW TESTAMENT Paul’s preparation: Educated in the Desert Jesus preparation: Encouraged in the Desert God’s Leadership School

Slide 8:The New Testament Model is the Servant Leadership of Jesus!

Slide 9:Jesus came as a Servant…

“who although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with god a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men” - Philippians 2:6-7 Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model

Slide 10:“The Servant Principle is Christ’s revolutionary way of the heart which challenges our core beliefs and values, rivets our affections on Jesus Himself, and compels us to live and love like Him.” - Rick Ferguson: “The Servant Principle”

Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model The servant heart is not part of our original equipment.

Slide 11:“A servant leader is one who has been called, transformed, gifted, and empowered by God, to serve Him and the needs of others, before their own concerns.” - Ed Gilman, 2004

Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model You cannot become a servant leader through self-improvement books or seminars, God must transform you, but you must surrender your will to Him unconditionally.

Slide 12: “Only through a life of service can we truly fulfill our purpose in this world and find absolute meaning in life.” – Rick Ferguson, The Servant Principle

Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model Servant leaders don’t focus on pleasing others, they focus on serving their Master.

Slide 13: “Becoming a servant leader requires more than just outward behavior. It is an inside job. It’s about the heart. Changing someone’s thinking is important, but it isn’t enough. Jesus ‘ message is not just for the mind, it’s directed at the heart. Jesus wants us to ‘be’ before we ‘do’ anything. It’s a character issue.” - Blanchard, Hybels, Hodges- “Leadership by the Book”

Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model

Slide 14:Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model

“God is not necessarily looking for leaders, at least not in the sense we generally think of leaders. He is looking for servants.” “Spiritual leaders do not try to satisfy the goals and ambitions of the people they lead but those of the God they serve.” “Jesus has established the model for Christian leaders. It is not found in his ‘methodology.’ Rather, it is seen in his absolute obedience to the Father’s will.” Henry & Richard Blackaby- “Spiritual Leadership”

Slide 15:Servant Leadership is the Biblical Model

The Bible doesn’t give us detailed instructions covering every issue of leadership. If it did, some would find a way to manipulate it. Instead, the Bible approaches leadership from the character viewpoint in servant leadership. Our culture approaches leadership from the viewpoint of control, taking charge, and being “the boss.” The Bible teaches that those who are servant-leaders assume leadership only if they are “called” there to serve in the best interest of others.

Slide 16: Seven Principles of Servant Leadership “Jesus on Leadership”- Gene Wilkes

Slide 17:1- Servant leaders humble themselves and wait for God to exalt them. Luke 14:7-11

“Humility comes before honor”- Proverbs 15:33b No one can be a servant without a master. You must decide whether or not to design you life after Jesus or the best thinking the world has to offer. You cannot serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24) You must answer the question, “who is master of my life?” Kingdom leaders are people who lead like Jesus. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Slide 18:2- Servant leaders follow Jesus rather than seek a position. Mark 10:32-40

Servant leaders don’t promote themselves, they wait on God’s promotion. Servant leadership is not about position or power. Servant leaders are not created by giving commands, but by obeying their Commander. Servant leaders yield their will to Christ’s will, the real leader of the church. Servant leaders follow Jesus example in serving others and suffering on their behalf.

Slide 19:3- Servant leaders give up personal rights to find greatness in service to others. Mark 10:41-45

Servant leaders make Jesus Master in their life and become servant to others. To lead in the Kingdom of God is to serve others and to follow the King. Jesus modeled what He called others to do: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 Jesus entire mission was to free others, not to gain position for Himself.

Slide 20:4- Servant leaders can risk serving others because they trust that God is in control of their lives. John 13:3

The servant leader knows their power comes from God. Jesus redefined what leaders do: leaders meet needs. Jesus modeled what He had been teaching about servant leadership when He left the head table to assume the role of a servant and washed their feet.

Slide 21:

Servant leaders do not lack resolve or insight and do not waver in doing their Master’s wishes. Leaders sometimes must reveal a need before meeting it. Servant leaders may have to humble themselves before those who will become their enemies. 5- Servant leaders take up Jesus’ towel of servanthood to meet the needs of others. John 13:4-11

Slide 22:6- Servant leaders share their responsibility and authority with others to meet a greater need. Acts 6:1-6

Servant leaders cannot give their leadership away, but they do share or delegate both rewards and responsibility to others. Jesus shared His authority and responsibility with others in order to spread the gospel around the world. Servant leaders know they are most effective when they trust others to work with them.

Slide 23:7- Servant leaders multiply their leadership by empowering others to lead. Exodus 18:17-23

Paul multiplied his leadership when he mentored and entrusted young Timothy, and then told him to multiply his ministry through others. Jesus multiplies His leadership by empowering His disciples with the Holy Spirit. Servant leaders understand that empowerment always comes before mission.

Slide 24:A Servant Leader Is A Coach

Their main aim is the best interest of those they coach. They get personal satisfaction from watching the personal growth and development of the person being coached. They address issues such as empowerment and enhancement of the person.

Slide 25:They assess the situation by asking questions, listening, and being process-oriented. They have a loving care for those they coach. They enable rather than tell the answer, and encourage rather than discourage.

A Servant Leader Is A Coach

Slide 26:They focus them on self-discovery and follow through with implementation They come alongside in a covenant relationship as a partner. They are conceptual and feeling, and focus on Biblical principles.

A Servant Leader Is A Coach

A Servant Leader Is A Coach “The servant leader COACH, is to help their people produce good results by modeling and encouraging the behaviors and values that are aligned with a shared vision.” …Blanchard, Hybels, Hodges- “Leadership by the Book”

Slide 28: Self Pride Humility Success Obedience Professionalism Servanthood Competition Service Maintain Rights No Rights Excellence Christlikeness Self Preservation Die to Self Accomplishments Character Happiness in Acquiring Happiness in Giving Eat, Drink, & Be Merry Seek First The Kingdom of God

World Says God Says

Slide 29:A Servant Model

When we think of a Biblical model for servant leadership we must turn to Mark 10:42-43. Jesus displayed servant leadership in many ways, but perhaps the most graphic was the time He took the basin and the towel and washed his disciples’ feet. Jesus message was not just for the mind, it was for the heart. His underlying message was about character change. Rather than asking us to “do kind things,” He wants us to “become kind people.” Then all our actions will be motivated by kindness.

Slide 30:A Servant Model

“Jesus mandated a form of leadership that’s radically different from the model we’re usually most familiar with… He showed us the true leadership starts on the inside with a servant heart, then moves outward to serve others… character in the form of a servant heart precedes the use of effective leadership methods.” - Blanchard, Hybels, Hodges: “Leadership by the Book”

Slide 31: Two Kinds of Leaders

People who are leaders first. They naturally want to lead. They will try to control, make decisions, and give orders. They are driven to lead and want to be in charge. They are possessive about their leadership position. They don’t like feedback, it’s threatening to them. People who are servants first. They assume leadership only if that is the best way they can serve. They are “called” to lead rather than driven, because they naturally want to be helpful. They are not possessive about leadership and willingly give it up if someone more effective is available. They love feedback because they see it as helping them serve better. They can lead or follow.

Slide 32:In spiritual growth In servant attitude In family life In personal morality In faithfulness In peacemaking In service

In witnessing In visioning In accepting needed change In a positive attitude In Christian financial management In perseverance Servant Leaders Lead by Example

The process of cooperating with Christ in developing and living out Christ-likeness Eph 4: 13

Slide 33:Spiritual Growth

Leadership The sphere of influence which inspires people to follow the leader in the attainment of goals.

Slide 34: Spiritual Leadership “Moving people on to God’s agenda.” - Henry Blackaby, “Spiritual Leadership”

People Person Purpose A Leader Is a Who influences To Accomplish a

Slide 35:A Basic Definition of Leadership

Slide 36:Servant Ministry

“We must remember that our commander-in-chief is Christ Jesus Our Lord. God has placed us in situations according to His will and His purposes. In other words, we don’t wait to see how our employer treats us before deciding how hard to work. Rather, we work as if Christ were our overseer, and in reality He is. God places us where He wants us to make a difference as His servants.” - Henry Blackaby: “The Man God Uses”

Slide 37:Definition of Ministry

“Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.” …Warren W. Wiersbe: “On Being a Servant of God”

Slide 38:Servant Leadership

“God does not ask leaders to dream big dreams for Him or to solve the problems that confront them. He asks leaders to walk with Him so intimately that, when He reveals what is on His agenda, they will immediately adjust their lives to His will and the results will bring Glory to God.” Spiritual leaders don’t sell vision; they share what God has revealed to them and trust that the Holy Spirit will confirm that same vision in the hearts of their people. Henry & Richard Blackaby’ “Spiritual Leadership”

Slide 39:Servant Leaders: Equippers of the Saints

Servants lead out of relationship, not by coercion. Servants lead by support, not by control. Servants lead by developing others, not by doing all the ministry.

Slide 40:Servant Leaders: Equippers of the Saints

“Leaders with servant hearts have genuine humility, but they also have confidence. They don’t think less of themselves, they just think about themselves less.” - Blanchard, Hybels, Hodges- “Leadership by the Book”

Slide 41:Servant Leaders: Equippers of the Saints

“In a smaller church of up to 200 members the pastor can do all the work, and many do. But such a church will not be able to grow past that point without lay ministry. Pastors of growing churches, whether they be large or small, know how to motivate their laypeople, how to create structures which permit them to be active & productive, & how to guide them into meaningful avenues of Christian service.” Peter Wagner- “Your Church Can Grow”

Slide 42:Servant Leaders: Equippers of the Saints

“An effective leader accomplishes the work through others. The task is too great for one person. It is more important for the leader of a growing church to produce other leaders than to perform personal ministry.” Carl George: “How to Break Growth Barriers”

Slide 43:Servant Leadership: The Model of Jesus

Modeling: “I’ll do it.” Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the Good News…” Mark 1:14 Mentoring : “I’ll do it, you watch me.” “Follow me…” Mark 1:17 Monitoring : “You do it, I’ll watch you.” “… and I will make you fishers of men.” Mark 17 Motivating : “You do it.” “He appointed 12… that He might send them out to preach & to have authority to drive out demons.” Mark 3:14-15 Multiplying : “You do it and take someone with you.” “He sent them out 2 by 2 & gave them authority… Mark 6:7

Slide 44: RECOMMENDED READING

“A Work of the Heart”- Reggie McNeal “Jesus on Leadership”- Gene Wilkes “ Leadership by the Book”- Blanchard, Hybels, Hodges “Spiritual Leadership”- Henry & Richard Blackaby “The Empowered Leader”- Calvin Miller “The Servant Principle”- Rick Ferguson “The Vibrant Church”- Stan Toler

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