Every day I come across all sort of leaders, each with their own leadership style. I can tell apart the good and the bad. As I thrust into leadership roles myself, I recognize how I’ve evolved throughout my life. I will always be a work in progress when it comes to developing effective leadership skills. Though time has made me wiser, I am also fascinated by my discovery of the timeless wisdom of Servant Leadership.
It is humbling to look back at my track record of negligible leadership. Though I tried everything in my power, I just wasn’t quite ripe yet to take on the role and responsibility. It was in these failures that I have learned valuable lessons, which drove me to continue to seek out ways to challenge and transform my ideas.
There are so many secular models of leadership that persuade to be the more effective method to apply. They leave me confused and conflicted. How will I do it well if I do not know how to go about it right in the first place? I fear the consequence of bringing down the entire team with me.
We recently wrapped up a six-month training for Servant Leadership. Our Discipleship & Outreach Pastor had mobilized and empowered a group of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and Ministry Team Leads to be equipped at the task at hand. Change is coming down the pipe, and we had to change the pace and for each to grow personally.  In this way, we harmonize with the tone of our Purpose, Mission, and Vision of this Church body, so that we all stride in unison at the track ahead of us.
I understood that servant leaders serve God and equip others for team ministry. God prepares us in advance, and we can know where we fit in the puzzle when we consider our SERVE profile:
S – piritual Gift
E – xperiences
R – elational Style
V – ocational Skills
E – nthusiasm

“We tend to think we need leaders who serve, but really we need servants who lead.” – Neil Cole

Assess your SERVE profile today. Seek out opportunities for ministry and service. You add value. You can bring something to the table because you’re uniquely you. There are individuals in your sphere of influence that only you can reach.
In the process, I’ve learned to avoid a leader-centric style where it’s all about me, me, me… When you take out that kind of leader from the equation, the organization crumbles. Let’s take the example of Jesus Christ who demonstrated how to live out the paradoxes of Kingdom principles about serving. Many who are first will be last; and the last, first..  Even though it contradicts what the world teaches, we cannot refute the effectiveness of His very example. Jesus had only built the ministry for three years, yet He reproduced strong leaders who had spread out Christianity with relentless passion.
The Gospel message has been preserved in a span of thousands of years. It remains unchanged. Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you. Repent and receive His forgiveness. Believe in Him, and you will be saved.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10: 45


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SHIELA BERNARDO volunteers as the Communications Ministry Director for GSBC. She is a digital marketer and blogger who has a love-hate relationship with writing. (But love always wins!) A budget nerd who is keen to stay on track with her family’s goals, she perpetually seeks to demystify how to keep the house clean… She is a business analyst by profession who is also a self-taught computer programmer. She loves her husband and their two cheerful young daughters.

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