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Leadership Is… Leading From Your Heart #300

Heart values are significant to the Servant Leader. Christ reminds us, “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”. (Matthew 15:18 NIV) The heart values of  Servant Leaders are not designed for self-gratification and the glory of men. “A true servant does what he does from the heart to be seen by the Lord, not by men.” (Servant Leadership and Eldership)

The Servant Leader leads, as Christ did, from the heart. Instead of thinking control and personal power, the Christian Servant Leader lives by Christ’s values. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 2:5 KJV) This requires a transformation of thought, belief and practice. The Servant leader is not concerned about self, personal glory or individual accomplishment. “The substance of servant hood. It is about people who are willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ no matter what the personal implications.” (McManus, An Unstoppable Force)

“Real Servant Leadership begins when you decide to learn from and follow the real Servant Leader, Jesus Christ.” (Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, Discovering the secrets of servant leadership from the life of Christ) Our daily life, work and volunteer activities should demonstrate Christ in all we do.

Servant Eldership is about serving others by serving Christ. Pastors, leaders, employers and volunteers, do you have a heart value to serve the people in your community? Do you serve from your heart filled with Christ’s love? What can you do this week to serve our Lord, the vision of your place of work and the church you attend? You, with God’s help, can change your heart, your neighbors heart and that of your community.  Christ did!

Leadership is … changing hearts not minds.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach


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Leadership Is Changing

Laurie Kennedy“The church was established on the promise of change. Hearts would be changed, families would be changed, marriages would be changed, communities would be changed, cities would be changed, and, yes, even the entire history of humanity and the earth itself would be changed by those swept up in this movement of God.” (An Unstoppable Force, Erwin McManus)

Coaching Ministry Leaders world-wide is fascinating. We all believe God has a plan. We know that God’s plan for us as individuals and churches is achievable and desirable. Yet our research and experience suggests that 70% of churches consider themselves unhealthy. The contradiction is obvious. We believe in God’s plan, yet we implement our own.

Look at Scriptural leaders. Moses preference was to avoid leadership (Exodus 3:11) yet his impact on his people is beyond imagination. Caleb and Joshua introduced the incredible opportunities in the Promised Land but the people refused (Numbers 13-14). Paul met God on the Damascus road, he accepted God’s plan and we are still influenced by him. (Acts 9:3-18 NIV)

Scripture challenges us, “… humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will … heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV). “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV) Haggai encourages us to consider our ways (plans systems, activities) to see if they are working, “the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet, saying, “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:3 NIV)

Paul tells us, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)

My premise today is not to change your theology or doctrine but to seriously challenge your methods to accomplish God’s plan for your community.

Leadership is … changing our future by doing something different today.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group