To Lead, You Must Serve

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet

If leadership is influence, and we have the desire to be leaders, why do we want to influence people? I’m sure there are many answers to that question. Some people want to influence others in order to feel better about themselves. I think that is why there are so many self-help books out there. Others work to influence others for their own gain. Our primary goal at Passavant Leadership Group is to come alongside the leaders of churches, so our reasons are much different than these. We want to partner with leaders in order to advance The Kingdom of God. Our reason for influence is Jesus Christ.

This is why leadership in the church looks so much different than leadership in many companies of the world. Our leadership example did not influence others for His own gain or to feel good about Himself. Instead, He served others in order to influence them.

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:26b-28 ESV

If you want to be a great leader in the church, you must start by serving others. Preaching from the pulpit will only go so far in growing the body of believers. Serving those in need shows the love of Christ in ways that empty words can never match. Making disciple-makers is more than just telling others how to share their faith. You have to give and give without expecting anything in return. That is what serving looks like. It’s not a give-take relationship, but a give-unconditionally relationship.

How are you serving the people you lead? Do your relationships of influence rely on conditions? Why do you want to be a leader and influence others?

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