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Leadership Is… A Servant Led Church #302

Paul uses a practical construction analogy, “In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord”. (Ephesians 2:21 NIV) You wouldn’t want to live and work within a building that is poorly constructed. The risks are obvious. Yet, many of us work in organizational environments that are ineffective.

The corporate world has been shaken with CEO’s and CFO’s who re-arrange budget and resources for their own benefit. “People value honesty and integrity in a leader more than anything else. Virtually every person they talked with placed integrity at the top of the leadership wish list.”  (James Kouzes and Barry Posner, quoted by Perkins in Awaken the Leader Within) The Servant led church integrates a service philosophy with integrity. Every member is encouraged to live a life of honesty, truthfulness and integrity. This is a church the world will notice.

The Servant led church is a learning and growing organism. It is characterized by a collective unity and interdependence of each individual and team. The teams define their goals, are delegated a budget and resources, and are accountable to each other and the overall Vision. Leadership, decision making, planning and goal setting are shared, not held by the faithful few. The Servant led church knows its own strengths, weaknesses and the gifts of its people. It also knows the power of people working tougher effectively, “Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 TLB)

The Servant led church reduces the emphasis on the power hierarchy while encouraging team work and a service role for each leader. Each leader would interact within a team. The teams would be composed of divergent thinking people, different ages, different occupations, and ideally different cultures. Each would be committed to the Vision, working independently, yet supporting each other. Although the teams may appear leaderless, the leader is the Vision and the team works the mission as a group of equals.

Is your church a Servant led church?

Leadership is … serving individually and collectively. 

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership is serving

Laurie KennedyServant Leaders build teams and caring communities. This community integrates the individual values of service within the values of the organization to create a corporate culture. Whether you lead within the corporate setting, office, factory or corner store, the goal is the same.  Turner, in his book, The Learning of Love: A Journey Toward Servant Leadership reminds us, “The goal of servant leadership is to build a place where everyone is loved, a caring community.”

A Servant led organization demonstrates growth, trust and care with values integrated throughout the organization.  In reviewing Greenleaf’s work, Spears illustrates the impact of Servant Leadership on today’s top management thinkers, “The key to the success of organizations lies within the individual-the servant-leader and that all are invited to become servant-leaders”. The goal is not a static bureaucracy but a community of individuals who work together, or as Spears suggests, “a living organism that must develop/learn if it is to flourish”. We are all inter-related. The decisions made at one desk influence others. Ideas generated on the front line, influence future decisions. Or, as Zohar suggests in his book, Servant-Leadership and Rewiring the Corporate Brain, “To qualify as servant leaders in the deepest sense, … they must be aware that all human endeavor, including business, is a part of the larger and richer fabric of the whole universe”.

Scripture reminds us, “Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12?). Rehoboam looked for advice. He was advised, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants” (1 Kings 12:7). Paul advises us, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves.  Each of you should look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:1-7).

Leadership is ignoring the Lone Ranger syndrome and putting others first.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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