[Column] Characteristics of Serving Leadership

Characteristics of Serving Leadership

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Christ demonstrated an excellent example of leadership. The most important point of Christ’s “lecture” on leadership is service. In Mark 10:43, Lord said, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” This is to show that His leadership is different from that of the world. Jesus clearly outlines that a leader can lead most effectively through service. Service leadership must start from serving God. Three Greek words meaning servant and courier are translated in the New Testament as “minister.”

A leader must be God’s servant before he becomes man’s servant. A clear sense of self-identity derives from one’s recognition of himself as the servant of God. A common characteristic of the great servants of God is that they all went through the agonizing and tearful school of desert to be God’s servants. Only when a person is shaped as the servant of God who prioritizes His worship and learns humility through the school of desert, he can be a true leader.

When a serving leader becomes the servant of God, he is made the instrument to fulfill God’s visions. There is a general misconception that a serving leadership satisfies and pleases everyone. A serving leadership does not exist to merely fulfill people’s needs and desires. The priority of a serving leadership is God-given visions. In other words, a leader is incompetent if he cannot present to his followers the clear visions given by God.

If a serving leader presents his visions, he must serve people in order to accomplish his visions. Christ came to serve people. That was to realize the vision of God (Mark 20:28) to offer Himself as a sin offering for humanity. To accomplish God’s visions, discipleship is essential. Lord chose twelve disciples for God’s visions and instilled in them the vision for world evangelization. He even gave them a greater vision in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” Serving leaders ought to nurture people to fulfill their visions and purposes in political, economic, social, and cultural arenas. A leader, as John Maxwell sums up, must love his people, not his position.

Becoming a serving leader is based on the Biblical principle and its fruit is great. We must first serve God and His visions and learn to serve others based on these visions. May all the readers of this post appropriately assume God’s calling and receive His blessings through the leadership of service.

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