Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons,bowing down and making a request of Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She *said to Him, “Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.” But Jesus answered,“You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They *said to Him, “We are able.” He *said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”
And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Servant leadership as a phrase seems many times to be overdone. I mean everyone uses it from the church to business to even government. The idea is so over presented that people forget that the person who came up with the idea was probably Jesus Christ himself and this is just one passage of many that where his interaction and teaching to his disciples leads to this idea. So even though it is overused as a phrase, the principle is still timeless and still right. Fir me I see the two-edged sword of servant leadership. Being willing to lead strong but to also be humble about the leadership model.
The leading strong part comes from the early part of this passage which is why Jesus asks them if they are willing to drink from the same cup he is willing to drink from. It is only when they say they would that he points out to them that what they are asking is not his to give. He is testing them to see how committed they are to what he is committed to. Once he knows that they are at least saying that they are committed as he is then he tells them what it will take to achieve what they want. The first thing being that it is about pleasing the Father not Christ.
How that is accomplished he says is to be the servant and slave of all. It is not that Christian leaders might not have position authority but their goal should be influence authority where people follow them because they serve them by leading them effectively. The second aspect is that no matter what accolades and awards are accumulated the issue is to serve the whole and not-self for the Christian leader.
In Hersey Congregation Church, this means homegrown leadership that works together in teams. It means more specifically going from the single leader principle to team leadership. Starting with forming a Building Maintenance and Renovation committee to handle that part of the church to moving every ministry to a team group of leaders to simply having a simple attitude change of ‘what is best for the church’ being on our lips. It is in this atmosphere of commitment to the mission of the church on he one hand and putting others before ourselves. This is the first step to moving a good church to a great church.