Men’s Group: Servant Leadership

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

servant leadershipGreetings Men – One of the advantages of growing “more senior” in years is that you have a broader perspective on life. For those of you who remember “The Beatles” (and for those of you who don’t – Google them), you will no doubt know this song. When the Beatles were in their heyday in the late 1960’s, I could remember every word of every song they sung from 1964 through 1968. One of the songs that still sticks in my mind is HELP! It was even a movie made in 1965. But here are the first few lyrics of the song – which in retrospect, I think are pretty sad:

When I was young, oh so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
But now these days are gone and I’m not so self-assured,
Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down,
And I do appreciate you being ’round,
Help me get my feet back on the ground.
Won’t you please, please help me?

The older I became, and the more responsibility I took on, the more I realized I needed “HELP”.

A good leader is one who realizes he/she needs “HELP”.

A good leader is one who says “I KNOW WHAT I DON’T KNOW, BUT I KNOW WHO DOES KNOW, AND I’M NOT AFRAID TO ASK THEM”.

This week, we will be talking about the role of a “servant leader”. What comes to your mind when you hear the term “servant leader”? For me, the best example of a “servant leader” is Jesus when he humbled himself and washed his disciples feet. Can you really imagine the God-Man creator of the universe washing feet? But the point Jesus was making was a huge one about servant-leadership and it was not about “BOSSING” – it was about serving!

One of my favorite leadership authors is John Maxwell – a pastor / business leader / trainer – who said that there are just two types of leaders:

Positional Leaders – like a drill sergeant in the Marines who gives orders and barks commands which you MUST obey… and
Influential Leaders – like Winston Churchill who got people to follow because of the positive influence he held over them and you WANTED to obey.

Here are some points from our video that we will be seeing on Wednesday night. Be thinking about these points, and think in terms of your roles as fathers, husbands, bosses, employers, husbands, church leaders… whatever. We will hear more about these on Wednesday, but I assure you that you will be challenged, encouraged and motivated in the leadership role God has assigned you! Don’t miss one either guys!

  • Leadership is not about the guys that call the shots.
  • Leadership is about serving!
  • Leadership and serving requires both wisdom and grace!
  • Leadership does not mean perfection – but it does mean showing grace, kindness, and humility!
  • As men we need to learn how to love, learn how to lead, how to be wise and gracious and how to treat others with dignity and respect.
  • A leader looks out for those around him.
  • Sometimes a leader mans up and takes charge and sometimes he falls back!
  • Leadership is about “doing the right thing”!
  • We need to be concerned MORE about LEADER DEVELOPMENT than we do LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT!
    • 1. LEADERS ARE INDIVIDUALS WITH ABILITITIES…
    • 2. LEADERSHIP TRIES TO TEACH INDIVIDUALS TO DEVELOP THOSE ABILITIES… IT SELDOM WORKS!
  • Every leader needs to have these four characteristics:
    • 1. BROKENESS – IT MOVES US AWAY FROM SELF RELIANCE
      • A. Brokenness Is Different From Woundedness!
    • 2. UNCOMMON COMMUNION WITH THOSE THEY LEAD
    • 3. SERVANTHOOD AS AN IDENTITY
      • A. A love and care for the people they lead!
    • 4. RADICAL IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE TO GOD

God bless you men… Tom