I am not a leadership blogger. At least, if I were to write down the top 3 things that identify who I am, a leadership “guru” would probably not make it onto that list. I do consider myself to be: 1) Christ-Follower 2)Wife 3)Mother 4)Servant
It has taken me a long time to realize what it takes to be a good leader. Whether you’re a parent, a spouse of someone in ministry, or the director of a non-profit, leading is actually not the word I would use to describe someone who is a successful leader.
To Lead You Must Serve
Think of your pedestal pastors. You know those sermons you listen to and think, “WOW! Now, HE is a great leader.” What does that person do that makes you place him/her so high? When I think of those whom I follow, either in my faith or in my work, I am not really into following the self-proclaimed leader. Rather, I’m more interested in following those who would wash the feet of those below them. Think of this scripture:
“12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. –John 13:12-17
Your leadership role should not be in your top three of the things that identify you, however, a servant should always be. The greatest Leader of all stepped down to serve, and that is what we must do as leaders in whatever field we are pursuing.
The purpose of Refuge Foundation is to SERVE those who SERVE. Those who lead the best, serve the most.