The Real Flavor Of Leadership


This originally appeared on as a weekly evo.

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. (John 13:14 NIV)

The emphasis on leadership development over the last few years inside the church has been positive overall. We should bring our best to Kingdom efforts. We should strive to be better, be the best we can be. Every one benefits when a leader improves. I do not have an axe to grind with Hybels, Willow Creek, Saddleback, Andy Stanley or whoever else you want to put on that list. Those men and ministries have been amazing sources of encouragement and training.

I do have an issue with how some of us have applied these lessons. At the end of the day, leadership in the church is different in a major sense. It should have the flavor of Jesus when it is all said and done.

I’d argue that all leadership for the Christ-follower regardless of their location (in the church, outside the church) should have the flavor of Jesus.

And that flavor is serve.

It is impossible for the Christ follower to escape this. Everything Jesus did had this flavor of serve. Even when he was angry and driving people out of the Temple – it had the serve flavor on it.

Can you see this in Jesus’ story? It’s impossible to miss.

So why then is it so hard to find at times in the church? Or in His followers?

One of the pastor’s I used to work for would regularly ask us – how is your serve today?

What a great question – how is your serve?

Sometimes serving means hard conversations, sometimes it is listening, sometimes it is leading, sometimes it is being patient, sometimes it is pushing and challenging. But it should always be from a position of serve. Because that’s the flavor of Jesus.

Do you do what you do with the flavor of serve? Is that serve for others or yourself? Is that serve towards Jesus’ mission and kingdom or is it towards building of your own kingdom? When you parent, how is your serve? At work? At school?

How is your serve?

We get better at this by spending more time at His feet, allowing Him to change us as we serve. There isn’t any other shortcut to the flavor of Jesus.

How is your serve?


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