As a balance to this article, see Extreme Servanthood: How Do Busy Leaders Live It?
If you're like me, you're growing weary with the endless flow of material on servant leadership.
We've overdosed on this teaching at the expense of strong leadership. I'm sure some leaders need to show more of a servant's heart. I'm probably one of them, but we've focused too much on this issue. Most of the leaders I run across, whether Sr. pastor or small group facilitator, show a servant's heart. They serve constantly. The problem I see growing in our churches is a failure on the part of followers to submit to their leaders.
A lot of leaders know and live Mark 10:43, which says, ". . . Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant," but how many congregants know and live Hebrews 13:17, which says, "Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you"?
Let's allow the pendulum to swing back the other way a little and encourage more teaching on submission to authority. Let's have more congregations obeying their leaders, and more leaders leading with boldness. Let's move away from mushy, "I don't know any more than you, so let's lead together," teaching.
Love others, yes. Serve others, yes. Seek counsel, yes. But keep in mind, leading is a big part of your service. As a leader, you need humility and accountability, but you also need guts. You can help raise up other leaders without spouting the girly views of a flattened hierarchy.
I know American culture has changed in its view of authority, and churches need to adapt to some extent. But Scripture teaches strong male leadership. So let's not hide in the shadows of surveys and consensus before we lead on a particular issue.
Know God's people, love God's people, serve God's people, but remember to lead God's people.
Extreme Servanthood: How Do Busy Leaders Live It?
In Honor of Pastors: Learning How to Follow Your Leader
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