The Inside Column 19/05

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 19, 2019 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Recently I was browsing the shelves while passing time in an airport bookshop. No doubt many of you have done the same. I was looking at the business section and became aware of the multitude of books on the topic of leadership. Fifteen titles all supposedly having the answer to making oneself in to the greatest leader known to the business world and then no doubt creating an opportunity to write one’s own book on the topic! Seeing as Phil, our leader is currently in the UK at a Leadership conference it seemed like a good topic for the pew sheet.

Jesus could have written a great book on the topic because his leadership model was and still is   completely disruptive. Jesus turned the concept of leadership upside down by creating a model of servanthood rather than dictatorship.

I like this explanation of Servant leadership by Robert Greenleaf.  “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.”

The Bible teaches us a lot about how Jesus ‘walked the talk’. It’s in John 13 that we read the account of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet and Peter’s dismay at the idea. By this stage of Jesus’s ministry he had established himself as a leader. Huge crowds were following him wherever he went. Culturally the act of humbling himself to wash the feet of the disciples when he was held in such esteem would have been shocking. Maybe even today as I don’t think many CEOs would humble themselves that way!

Do we display servant leadership and ‘walk the talk’ as we go about our daily lives? Do we focus on the wellbeing of the people in our communities and put others needs above our own egos?

I’d like to leave you with a prayer found in “The Word for Today’

“Lord reveal to me what I need to know, teach me what I need to learn so my decisions are in line with your will and best for all those concerned.’

 

Blessings

 

Kathy

 

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