The Vital Qualities of Servant Leadership

The Vital Qualities of Servant Leadership
June 10, 2014 Bob D'Ambrosio

Do you have what it takes to be a serving leader?

In John 2:1-11, we learn of when Jesus attended a wedding where the host ran out of wine. From this story and others from Jesus’ life, we find what it means to be a servant leader.

Servant leaders serve at all times.
Even as an honored guest, Jesus was “on call” to serve the people around him. Jesus didn’t come to the wedding expecting to serve. But he still served.

Servant leaders know their resources.
When the need arose for more wine at the wedding, Jesus looked around and discovered six stone jars. A servant leader never has excuses for why something can’t be done. A servant leader is a problem-solver who looks for ways to use old resources or discovers new ways to meet a need.

Servant leaders serve with excellence.
When the banquet master at the wedding feast drank the wine that Jesus had produced, he said it was the best! There’s no such thing as “good enough” with a servant leader. This kind of leader is always striving to do his or her very best.

Servant leaders serve thankfully, not grudgingly.
John 6:11 tells us that Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks. He didn’t grab them, sigh heavily, and begin breaking them impatiently. He graciously paused to give thanks to his father. When you serve thankfully, as Jesus did, your volunteers and your ministry will be blessed in abundance.

So how do you measure up? Determine which areas need strengthening and what you can do to move forward. Servant-style leadership begins with a spirit of genuine humility.


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