The New Testament church must become more acutely aware of the need and the accountability of its leaders. There must be an expectation and fulfillment of genuine servant leadership if the church is going to impact and transform the lives and community of its ministry. In order for this to happen, there must be an Unwavering Commitment to Christ, to the Word, and to People.
There must also be a Personal Consecration, which means Personal sacrifice and Personal holiness, setting a leader apart from others. A Tireless Consistency follows, exhibiting to those around them an agreement in their “walk and talk,” and a life example of no contradictions. Leaders must also have a Spirit of Contagiousness. This is a genuine enthusiasm coming from the Spirit of God that works inwardly in the life of the leader and is manifested outwardly in relationships of the leader. Servant leaders must also have an Attitude of Cooperation that is seen through:
Teachable Leaders (2 Timothy 2:15)
Enthusiastic Leaders (Colossians 3:23)
Available Leaders (2 Timothy 4:2)
Ministry Oriented (Luke 4:18-19)
Witnessing Leaders (Acts 1:8)
Outreach Minded Leaders (Luke 14:23)
Responsible Leaders (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Kneeling Leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
The final expectation of the servant leader is an Obedience to the Calling of the Lord. Servant leaders realize that they must continue to “Be diligent to present themselves approved to God,” and that in “Whatever they do, do it as something done for the Lord.” Genuine servant leaders make a difference in discipleship and in disciple-making.
For further help, read “The Seven Principles of Servant Leadership” by C. Gene Wilkes