The paradigm of servant leadership

The paradigm of servant leadership


By Derrick K. Hammonds

There are many paradigms or models for servant leadership that have been presented throughout history on of them is written by Robert K. Greenleaf. He stated” I believe that serving and being served are reciprocal and that one cannot really be had without the other”

To define servant leadership: Is leadership, skill, influence and servitude that builds relationships through mentorship. It also accomplishes a goal or task through the lenses of self-denial and service.

This model is thought the bible mention over 300 times. Servant leadership matters to God; it was demonstrated through the life of Jesus, and bare witness through the servants on earth. When God created man, the first thing he provides him was a job in the garden, while @Joe Montana Kids Jersey Adam could have rebelled; he served where he was planted. There is power in serving where you planted. I could mention a host of other who gave up there personal agenda for the cause of the kingdom.

In essence real servant leadership is leadership that thinks and respond to servitude without strings and stipulation. So I write this article to shift the paradigm of self service and man-made pedestals to change the culture from downside up, to upside down. So the shakeup of the paradigm it is crucial for the believers/ disciples to fully grasp the concept of servant leadership. Robert K Greenleaf may have reintroduced this matter, but by the time he took hold to it, the bible had already recorded it. In the Gospel according the Matthew when see one of the biblical concepts of servant leadership Matt 20:25-28 states:

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many

Jesus called them: This part of the text says that Jesus spoke to them and he called them. Throughout scripture we notice that God uses different median to get a message across to use. God uses scriptures, prayer, in and through circumstances; he speaks through our spiritual gifts. H. Richard Niebuhr shows us four elements need for a call to ministry

  1. The call to be a disciple of Jesus Christ
  2. The secret call meaning the call that God gives privately.
  3. The providential call based aptitudes, abilities, circumstances, and spiritual drive
  4. Ecclesiastical call which comes from church or institution.

There are also universal callings in scriptures

  1. Call to Salvation
  2. Call to Holiness
  3. Call to Praise
  4. Call to Suffer
  5. Call to Freedom and service.


In this case he calls verbally and scripturally. Jesus speaks verbally to his disciples and presently through bible to the modern day believer. The word calling is mention in the gospels over 200 times. When the word calling is mention 2 words are associated with calling, salvation, servant, and service. My mother stated as young lad, it was never it doesn’t matter what people call me, what matter is how I respond to call. This story is not different. The call of Jesus requires and adequate response.

Jesus points out the struggle around them. You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them

In this passage is clear there it is an @Jerry Rice Jersey issues of the rulers of the world, the people of that time, and officials who love to flaunt or show-off there authority. This is like current leaders who gain social prominence, prestige and power, all to be derailed by their own selfish train. The effort to flaunt their authority demonstrates they lack real influence. The struggle was on in the personal space in the disciples. However Jesus has other things in mind as shows the disciples how they should @Jerry Rice Authentic Jersey use their influence. He challenge them to have the type of influence that dares to be different.

Jesus challenges them to be different

Jesus challenges their desires and motives

Jesus challenges titles, agendas and social norms

Jesus demonstrate servant leadership

  • Came not to be served
  • Serve other
  • Gave his life for many


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