Tag: Titus 3:1-2

Leadership Is Serving

Laurie KennedyThe Christian Servant Leader, leads, not for personal benefit, but for the growth and development of others. This role is foundational in ensuring Christ like service.

Christian Servant Leaders follow Christ’s example, “set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15 NIV). Paul confirms we are to use our Lord’s authority by “building you up rather than tearing you down.” (2 Corinthians 10:8 NIV) The author of Hebrews confirms we are to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV) Paul again suggests the leader has a responsibility to “encourage one another and build each other up…acknowledge those who work hard among you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11-12 NIV) Keep in mind we “do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle to everyone.” (Titus 3:1-2 NIV)

“According to Jesus Christ, great leaders are servant-leaders. They love their people enough to get down and dirty with them. They don’t lead from the tower; they get down in the trenches. They serve and empower their people. They use their influence and resources to knock down barriers, remove obstacles, and enable those serving under them. That’s servant-leadership.” (How to lead and still have a Life, Dale Burke)

Albert Einstein is quoted, “you cannot achieve a new goal by applying the same level of thinking that got you where you are today.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle),

Effective Leaders realize that Servant Leadership is not autocratic. The effective leaders of today build on scriptural principles, follow Christ and build a team for the future.

Leadership is … coaching, serving and growing Leaders.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Playing together in the sandbox

Laurie Kennedy“Chief Executives (Pastors) must run the corporation (church), but directors (Elders, Deacons, Leaders) must also know when to take charge, when to partner and when to stay out of the way”     (Boards that Lead by Charan, Carey, Useem).

Research suggests, less than 30% of churches are healthy. A well-functioning, God seeking Board is critical to a healthy church. However, ‘playing nicely in the same sandbox’ takes effort, strategy and a few rules.

Board Members of healthy churches:

  1. Speak with one voice or they don’t speak.
  2. Lead the Vision like God led the Israelites.
  3. Have authority while at the Board table, yet are volunteers at all other times.
  4. Reconcile differences while working toward unity and don’t hold grudges.
  5. Govern in sync, demonstrating spiritual leadership for the staff.
  6. Advise, encourage and as requested, provide input on strategic decisions.
  7. Ensure Bible Study, personal sharing and prayer are integral to every Board Agenda.
  8. Prayerfully look ahead, governing their churches to achieve positive results.
  9. Make critical decisions that move the church to a Christ like influence.

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed; Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:1-7 NIV)

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” (Titus 3:1-2 NIV).

Leadership is Board members accomplishing God’s vision by leading collectively as a team.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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