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The best leaders are servant leaders. However, while servanthood is embedded in their character, they also understand the importance of leadership skills. Consider the word SERVE to remind you of the importance of both character and skills.


The SERVE model represents the 5 fundamental skills of great leaders.  Great leaders:

See the future

Engage and Develop Others

Reinvent Continuously

Value Results and Relationships

Embody the Values


Leading others begins with a vision (See the Future) and enlisting someone to help you go after it (Engage and Develop Others). Then, as you begin to grow, change is inevitable. You will be required to adapt and adjust (Reinvent Continuously), and balance the tension between results and people (Value Results and Relationships). Finally, keep in mind, people always watch the leader. Leaders go first and leave last (Embody the Values).

As you work on your skills don’t neglect the importance of your heart. If your heart is not right, no one cares about your skills. The most powerful weapon a leader has in his ‘lead others’ arsenal is a heart rooted in love.


Again let’s look at Mary and Martha in Luke 10.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

It was Martha who invited Jesus for dinner, who opened her home for Jesus to come in, for Jesus to minister.  It was Martha who opened the door and said come in to Jesus and the disciples and it was Martha who then complained about all the work that had to be done.

If Martha didn’t open the door and invite Jesus in there would have been no work.  But there would have been no relationship and no reward either.

How many times do we ask to see God move, we pray for revival, we want to see great and mighty things of God, but then complain about the “stuff that has to be done”, the tasks, that service may require.  We pray God let your kingdom come, your will be done but then when it comes to do x y z we shrink back.  We sing I wanna know you more, how us your glory but our bible is dusty or our youversion app streak doesn’t pass 7…

Service is not just about our actions but more importantly about our attitude.  It’s about being motivated by our love for God and our love for others.

It’s about a I get to attitude instead of I have to.

I get to come to church vs I have to come to church.

I get to be a youth leader instead of I have to.

I get to give vs I have to give

I get to worship vs I have to

Let’s be a team that sees the honour of being able to serve a cause that is far greater than what we can see.   Let’s be a team that sees the big picture.  When we serve we need to take our eyes off what we’re doing to realise that by what we do we make a way for people to ENCOUNTER Jesus and our very actions, our very service is seen as worship to Jesus!

The Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

Love is not a passive word.

It is a word that bleeds example — action — effort — and generosity.

If you want to lead others well, love will drive your words and behaviour.

The driving force of the Paul as he engaged and developed others was love. Love motivated his vision to share God’s good news — impart his very life to others — work a job so that he wasn’t a burden to anyone — live as an example — care for others as a father would his own children — and encourage others to honour God in everything. In his life we see that Paul was a genuine servant leader.

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 says “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God who calls you into His kingdom and glory.”

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