Motivation for Ministry!

Luke 22:26 “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the one who serves.”

One of the fundamental differences between leadership God’s way and leadership the world’s way is MOTIVATION! What motivates someone to lead in God’s kingdom should be very different to ‘Gentile’ leadership. Jesus was directional in his leadership, he commanded obedience and he challenged his enemies BUT Jesus never used his authority for his personal benefit. He used it to SERVE others.

A biblical philosophy of leadership must begin with leadership as servant-hood! Most of us in the western world are uncomfortable with the idea of being a servant because we often have a wrong paradigm of what a servant leader is – Passive! If we look at Jesus leadership style I wouldn’t call it passive, it was very active. Servant-hood is not defined by our actions alone but by the motive & goal that generates our actions.

 Servant Leadership is:

  • Self-sacrificing rather than self-seeking
  • Leading by example and through relationship not by position and pressure
  • Active rather than passive
  • Gives direction rather than allows drifting
  • Exercises authority for the advancement of the cause rather than for personal gain
  • Functions best by equipping & empowering team rather than functioning solo
  • Gets personally involved in caring for people and their needs
  • A matter of character & gifting rather than position and connections

Frank Warren once said, “If you wish to be a leader you will be frustrated, for very few people wish to be led. If you aim to be a servant you will never be frustrated.”

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