Servant Leadership Workshop Cornerstone International Christian Church La Puente CA MIKE McGUFFEE Ministerial Leadership Healthy Church Group C.S.B.C.
Servant Leadership… In too many churches today, head tables have replaced the towel and the wash-basin as symbols of leadership among God’s people.
dressed like a servant, meetingthe needs of those who follow them. Those who lead in God’s Kingdom should lead from a kneeling position,
Leadershipis the sphere of influence which inspires people to follow the leader in the attainment of mutually agreed upon goals. • The leader gives leadership by providing both the influence and inspiration that causes people to want to follow.
We understand servant leadership by looking at Jesus’ life. 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… God’s greatest oxymoron!
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What, then, is a servant leader? A servant leader is one who sees the needs of people and sets out to meet some of those needs.
Serving Christ As Lord • Doulos – Bond Slave — Our primary relationship to our Lord. This takes care of the vertical relationship. • Diakonos– Servant/Minister — Our relationship to those around us. This takes care of our horizontal relationship.
Biblical Qualifications Enhance Servant Leadership 1 Timothy 3… • Christian dedication (3:8) • Truthfulness in speech (3:8) • Disciplined Christian living (3:8) • Integrity in Christian conduct (3:9) • Proven spiritual maturity (3:10) • Christian family life (3:12)
Ministry Actions • Personally care for people. • Exercise encouragement. • Partner with other caregivers. • Model a sacrificial spirit. • Train for effective ministry. • Organize for effective ministry.
The Seven Principles of Servant Leadership • Servant leaders humble themselves and wait for God to exalt them. Luke 14:7-11 • Servant leaders follow Jesus rather than seek a position. Mark 10:32-40 • Servant leaders give up personal rights to find greatness in service to others. Mark 10:41-45
The Seven Principlesof Servant Leadership • Servant leaders can risk serving others because they trust that God is in control of their lives. John 13:3 • Servant leaders take up Jesus’ towel of servanthood to meet the needs of others. John 13:4-11
The Seven Principlesof Servant Leadership • Servant leaders share their responsibility and authority with others to meet a greater need. Acts 6:1-6 • Servant leaders multiply their leadership by empowering others to lead. Exodus 18:17-23
who influences PERSON PEOPLE PURPOSE A leader is a to accomplish a DOING! A Basic Definitionof Leadership
Church Growth… • The result of God’s supernatural work through His people to accomplish His Kingdom’s purposes and of God’s people obeying His will and His word in the world. Kingdom Principles
A Healthy Church • Is multi-dimensional • Glorifies God • Reproduces through evangelism • Produces disciples • Enables its members to exercise their spiritual gifts
A Healthy Church • Relates positively to its environment • Is open to change • Assimilates newcomers • Trusts God Rick Warren & Leith Anderson
Balanced Church Growth • Numerical growth • Spiritual growth • Ministries expansion • Missions
Characteristics ofGrowth Leaders • Commitment to God’s leading • Openness to proper change • God size vision for the future • Faith filled boldness • Willingness to work in a team • Living faith in God’s abilities • Unselfish spirit • Great Commission world view
Spiritual Growth… • The process of cooperating with Christ in developing and living out Christ-likeness. • Ephesians 4:13
Is NOT inevitable Takes time Is measured by God’s standards Is intentional Occurs rapidly and slowly Can’t be kept a secret Makes use of good and bad times Starts in present reality Motivated by a commitment to our Lord. Spiritual Growth Principles
Areas of Spiritual Growth • Personal relationship to God • Personal and corporate worship • Honoring others in interpersonal relationships • Ministry motivation • Christian stewardship
Growth in Relationship to God • In being set apart to God as the priority of our life. • In being controlled by the Spirit of God. • In developing spiritual fruit. • In having the mind of Christ. • In sharing in the mission of Christ.
Servant Leadership… • Servant Leadership is recognizing God and others as MORE important than ourselves.
Serving God by serving others… • “Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor giving preference one to another.” • Romans 12:10
Material possessions Public recognition Pleasing someone Sense of accomplishment Being a good person Inner harmony Friendship Concern for family Competition Being intelligent Pursuit of wisdom Excitement Immediate gratification Future gratification Personal freedom Values That Motivate Us
Our priority value… Pleasing God through finding and doing His will.
Levels of Commitment Response • Commitment • Enrollment • Compliance • Genuine • Legal • Grudging • Apathy
Commitment Danger Signals • Procrastination • Doubt about involvement • Responding to inadequate motivators • Complacency • Loss of purpose
Keys to Proper Commitment • Growing personal relationship to our Lord • Strong feeling of God’s leadership • Realistic understanding of the responsibilities • Sense of importance of the tasks • Proper stewardship of time priorities • Feeling of satisfaction and achievement
THREE MODELS OF CHURCH MINISTRIES • Watch the Minister • Help the Minister • Be the Minister - Ephesians 4:11-12
WHO IS THE MINISTER OF YOUR CHURCH? YOU ARE!
PROCLAIM LEAD CARE Tasks of the Pastoral Ministry
PROCLAIM LEAD CARE Tasks of the Pastoral Ministry • To proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers. • To care for church members and other persons in the community. • To lead the church in achieving its mission.
Christ … left you an example for you to follow in His steps. “…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, …just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20: 26-28
The Purpose of Deacons In Your Church What do you understand your Role to be as a Deacon?
The Purpose of Deacons • Are Deacons… • leaders or servants? • administrators or laborers? • spiritual or social? • necessary or optional?
THE MINISTRY OF A DEACON The meaning of “deacon” diakanos servant, slave 35 times in New Testament 5 times “deacon” noun
The Origin of Deacons “Select from among you… men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this ministry.” Acts 6:3
Historical Synopsis of Deacon Ministry New Testament and Early Centuries- servant leaders, discipleship, worship, solved fellowship issues Middle Ages 500-1500- formal office, worship, clergy Reformation 1600’s- servant leaders Late 1700’s to Mid 1900’s -board of directors, business managers Mid 1900’s to Present- family ministry, teams
DEACON QUALIFICATIONS • Acts 6:1-7 • 1 Timothy 3:8-13
DEACON QUALIFICATIONSACTS 6:1-7 • A Believer v.3 • A Good Reputation v.3 • Spirit-Filled v.3 • Full of Wisdom v.3
DEACON QUALIFICATIONS1 TIMOTHY 3:8-13 • Dignity v.8 • Speech v.8 • Addictions v.8 • Greed v.8 • Holding to the mystery of the faith v.9
DEACON QUALIFICATIONS1 TIMOTHY 3:8-13 • Clear Conscience v.9 • Tested v.10 • Beyond Reproach v.10 • Husband of One Wife v.12 • Good Manager of their Children and Household v.12
A GODLY DEACON • GROWING IN HISWALK • 1.Saved • 2.Spirit Filled • 3.Servant • 4.Supportive
A GODLY DEACON • GROUNDED IN THE WORD • 1.Know • 2.Apply • 3.Live
A GODLY DEACON GLOWING IN HIS WITNESS Stephen Acts 7 Phillip “the evangelist”
A GODLY DEACON GIFTED IN HIS WORK S.piritualGifts H.eart A.bilities P.ersonality E.xperience