Servant Leadership changes the focus from just the needs of the leader to a more holistic style of leadership that considers the needs of the follower. The servant leader not only recognizes that their followers have needs, but he also takes responsibility for serving his team by meeting their needs.
We have a lot of axioms in America that sound good from an Americanized Christianity but have no basis in truth. One common phrase I hear is, “God only helps those who help themselves.” Or I’ve even heard it, “God always helps those who help themselves.” Either way, this is presented, it is entirely wrong and damaging if it determines how we respond to people.
I did not choose leadership. In fact, my personality is such that I would rather be left alone so I can get my work done. Having to instruct, guide, encourage, and lead other people is, to me, often a distraction. My goal is to work hard, to be honest, and to have integrity. I have found that when you do those things, leadership seems to find its way to you. Since I am definitely not willing to slack on those goals, I have become content with the fact that I am a leader.
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In the book Faith Acts, Dillon and I wrote about our work in the homeless community through Relevant Hope, and we focused on James 1:22 as a guiding portion of Scripture that helped us put our faith in action. We truly believe that those who are in Christ will live out their faith both in personal piety and expression of love toward others. Good works shouldn’t be done out of a sense of duty or a begrudging attitude. Intent is just as important as obedience, and Jesus spoke to that in his parable of the two brothers (Matthew 21:28-32).
With all the news, laws, and conversations going on in our country about bathrooms, I’m appalled that one of the greatest bathroom tragedies has been occurring for so long that no one even notices it.
Tennessee: We have beautiful mountains, Southern hospitality, a church on every corner, and sweet tea. The state where we don’t pay income tax, our vehicle tag renewal is among the least expensive in the nation, and the requirements for a carry permit are stringent enough that I can legally carry in 38 states. By far I think Tennessee is the greatest state in the union.
You should buy and read Faith Acts: A Provocative Call to Live What You Believe.
I’m not talking about the fact that I want you to buy the book Dillon and I wrote, but I think you actually should buy the book and then read it and then do something more with your faith that just knowing about it.
My desire to write Faith Acts happened because of a conversation over a cup of coffee. I’m fairly certain all great things in life begin this way, and I hope Faith Acts joins the ranks of great things that happened.