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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

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Leadership Is Ethical Choices # 253

Laurie KennedyAs a Christian Leader, what would you do?

“Most of the top executives were tried for fraud after it was revealed in November 2001 that Enron’s earnings had been overstated by several hundred million dollars. Enron paid the top 140 executives $680 million in 2001.” (CNN April 2016)

“The irony, he adds, is that ‘integrity’ was listed as one of Enron’s four core beliefs. A select group of Enron executives embraced a philosophy so far from traditional ethics that they ended up adopting a lifestyle completely contrary to their company’s stated beliefs on integrity,” (Mark Wingfield, Baptist Standard)

The Police stopped a Christian for rolling through a stop sign. She complained on Social Media that she considers this harassment and is considering fighting the ticket.

A Christian technician tells his associate, they could finish the job in 10 minutes.  Or, if they finish it in 20 minutes, they could claim an hour of overtime pay.

Police stop a car speeding to church on Sunday morning. The Christian driver considers fighting the ticket due to religious persecution because of the number of churches on that road.

A Christian Consultant, during new staff orientation, tells new Christian Employee to put his conscience on hold and claim everything he can get away with on his Expense Account.

Not expecting snow and cold, a friend visits her family in another province. She is encouraged to go buy a coat, wear it for the few days while visiting, then return it stating it didn’t fit.

“There was just such a radical gap between what we heard Christians professing they believed and the values and the lifestyle that grew out of the values.” (George Barna, Christianity Today)

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV)

What would you do?

Leadership is … going beyond the expected, tradition and ‘what’s best for me’ to a consistent value of what is right.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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Leadership Is Responsible

Laurie KennedyIn 1993, a prospector became instantly famous and a world industry leader. He gathered thousands of followers and investors when he announced a gold find in Borneo. This find ultimately was confirmed as a fraud. Individuals, major corporations and Governments lost $6 Billion.

“(Leaders) failed in their duty to run the company with integrity, directors were remiss in their duty to watch over the operation, and regulators were negligent in picking up shoddy practices and signs of trouble.” (The Bre-X Fraud by Douglas Goold and Andrew Willis)

“Leadership is a process of influence. Anytime you seek to influence the thinking, behavior, or development of people in their personal or professional lives, you are taking on the role of a leader.” (Lead Like Jesus Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges)

As a leader in your church or Mission organization, you may not have world leaders, major corporations and governments seeking you. However, no matter how large or small we each have a responsibility to demonstrate God’s love.

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” (Good Leaders ask Great Questions John C. Maxwell)

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 NIV)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:1-4 NIV)

Christian Leaders, no matter where you work, you are responsible to achieve positive God pleasing results. These results are critically dependent on integrity while honestly serving your people. In my Coaching practice we first talk spiritual issues with the Board and Leadership, and only then do we deal with organizational and system issues.

Leadership is being responsible for those being led and the results achieved.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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