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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 Character

Laurie KennedyThe Christian Servant Leader carries an awesome responsibility to be truthful and honest “Everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48) NIV. Nehemiah confirmed, “We are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders…are affixing their seals to it” (Nehemiah 9:38) NIV. Paul encouraged, “whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17) NIV.

General Norman Schwarzkopf is quoted in James C. Hunter’s book, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle “Ninety-nine percent of leadership failures are failures of character.”

Dwight Moody, the nineteenth-century lay evangelist, details, “The word character comes from a Greek verb meaning “to engrave.” A person’s character, then, is the visible sign of his inner nature. “Character is what we are beneath our personality (mask).” James C. Hunter. The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle

“History is filled with examples of men who, though they were gifted beyond the ordinary, saw their labors brought to nothing because they were lacking in character.” What is a Man? Edited by Waller. R. Newell.

As Christian leaders, we demonstrate God’s love by our character, our integrity and our willingness to live a Christ like life daily. Since character is fundamental to the skill and ability of great leaders, then it is critical that we integrate it into every aspect of our lives. It’s more important than anything else. Skill is important. Education and experience are important but nothing shows effective leadership more than character. Character is everything.

Look for that inner voice.  In times of challenge, look for the still quiet small voice of the Spirit saying, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Leadership is character and the foundation of character is integrity.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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