What does it mean to be a servant-leader? - Serving - TouchPoints

What does it mean to be a servant-leader?

John 13:4-5, 14-15So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. “. . . And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”

Jesus sets the example of leadership with the idea of “downward mobility.” By performing the task of a slave, Jesus models how far we are to go in serving one another.

Matthew 20:32When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Servant-leaders listen and respond to the needs of those around them.

Mark 10:43-44“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.”

Luke 22:24-26Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.”

You must learn to follow before you can learn to lead.