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Christian Worldview: Real Leaders Serve A requirement for being a servant leader is to be a Christian. To be a Christian, one must follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ by being baptized. After baptism, God has several expectations for Christians to fulfill which are living a Christian life and openly sharing information about God. Nancy Pearcey the author of
Total Truth states, “A servant leader creates an atmosphere of “transparency” in which all relevant information is shared openly, so that everyone has an opportunity to make responsible decisions.” (Pearcey, 2004)
In order to be a Christian servant leader, you must be a Christian. Charles H. Dunahoo the author of aking Kingdom Disciples
states “to be a Christian, not in name only, but as one who practices his or her beliefs (which is the essence of a disciple), is to think from a Christian perspective about life and reality. In becoming a Christian our life becomes oriented to God.”
(Dunahoo, 2005) In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul has given us scripture on how we can live a Christian life. The scripture states, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) After renewing of the mind, you have a new heart and a new spirit. God want the newness of your heart and mind to affect the way you live by no longer displaying hatred toward your earthly brothers and sisters. “For Christianity is the story of transition from chaos to peace, from hostility to love.” (Richards, 2013) The Apostle Paul refers to the transitioning from chaos to peace and from hostility to love in the Book of Ephesians stating, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of


his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”(Ephesians 2: 14­16) In
Ephesians 2: 14­16, the Apostle Paul is requesting through prayer that men and women come together and find peace in God. What does it mean to renew your mind? It requires individuals to think Godly thoughts instead of the worldly thoughts. After our lives begin to change and we begin to live a different lifestyle we can go into the world sharing Gods Good News of salvation and reconciliation which is meant to be a blessing to all people; as well as, building proper
Christian relationships with individuals who are lost in sin to aid in process of delivering those individuals back to God as Christians. In order to be a Christian servant leader, you must be willing to serve others. The
Merriam Webster dictionary defines servant as an attendant in service of someone else. An article titled
Servant­Leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness written by R. K. Greenleaf states, “The servant­leader is a servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test is: do those served grow as persons: do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or, at least, not be further deprived?” (Greenleaf,
1977/2002) Yes, those who serve have the ability to grow as person. The Apostle Peter provides us with scripture from the Book of 2 Peter regarding growth which states, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him is glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18) The scripture confirms that growth is possible if we grow in grace and it is God’s command for Christians to grow in Christ. In our daily bible study, we must examine what growth is as a believer. As a believer, growth is defined as the development


towards maturity. In order to develop towards spiritual maturity we must focus on being more like Jesus Christ in our daily walks of life. In order to be a Christian servant leader, you must be willing to be a leader. The Merriam
Webster Dictionary defines leadership as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. The Holy Bible mentions several great leaders, one of which is Moses. During his era, Moses displayed several characteristic of being a great leader. Moses was a persistent leader.
After being selected by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses repeatedly went to
Pharaoh requesting the release of the Israelites. However, on each occasion Pharaoh denied
Moses request. Even though, Moses request was repeatedly denied he maintain faith that God would deliver his people from slavery as He promised. Moses was a patient leader. Moses displayed his ability to be patient as he wanders in the wilderness for forty years with the
Israelites despite their complaints of hunger, thirst, and constantly stating they had a better life in
Egypt. Moses remained steadfast and continued the mission at hand. An article titled
The Art of
Living: Patience and Perseverance makes a statement that compares to Moses patience which states that “A patient person is free to stay on course with his life and fulfill his responsibilities, at least to some reasonable extent, even when “bad things” happen to him.” (Sri, 2009) Moses was a teachable leader. Moses was receptive to learning from his elders, therefore; he learned the delegation of authority from his father­in­law Jethro as he led the Israelites out of Egypt. The
Book of Exodus speaks of Jethro’s advice to Moses which states, “And Moses' father in law said unto him, the thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou


for the people to God­ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge : so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and this entire people shall also go to their place in peace.” (Exodus 18: 17­23) By being receptive to Jethro advice,
Moses continued his mission with less stress by delegating his authority to the elders to handle disputes amongst the Israelites as they fled the land of Egypt. Moses was a faithful leader.
Moses displayed remarkable faith while serving God. Although he heard the cries and complaints of his people, Moses did not draw leery and desert his people in the wilderness.
Instead, he remained faithful to his people and to God. Moses was an obedient leader. Moses faced many trials and tribulations as he guided the Israelites out of Egypt. There was constant bickering among people, they complained daily, and they even built and worshiped idol gods.
However, through Moses frustration he continued to remain obedient to God by completing the task he was assigned. As I reflect on scripture from the Holy Bible and the biblical meaning of the words
Christian, servant, and leader, I am remained of Jesus Christ. Matthew 20: 26­28 states,
“Whoever want to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever want to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give


his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20: 26­28) This type of leadership requires a leader to be selfless. “A selfless leader is willing to place the needs of his subordinates or colleagues above his own to achieve maximum results.” (Stramba, 2003) Jesus was the first man on earth to show Himself as servant leader. He came into this world with the intentions of saving the lives of individuals who were lost in sin and in doing so he paid the ultimate price. He died so you and I would have the eternal life. Jesus demonstrated compassion for his people as a Christian, as a servant, and as a leader by selecting and ordained twelve apostles to preach the Gospel after his death. In doing so, the apostles were able to minister to His people and spread the good news of salvation. In the 21th Century, we have men and women who are following in the footsteps of
Jesus Christ by displaying Christian Servant Leadership. One in particular was Dr. Ron
Anderson. An article written by Michael Darrouzet spoke highly of Dr. Anderson for his outstanding dedication to his profession as a healthcare provider. Dr. Anderson was acknowledged because of his contribution to his community. He provided healthcare to individuals who could not afford to pay for his services. Dr. Anderson was influential in passing of legislation in the State of Texas, which prevented patients from being taking out of private hospital and placed in public hospitals because of their financial situation. Dr. Anderson was also influential in the opening of the Parkland’s Community­Oriented Primary Care program. Due to his faithful service, Dr. Anderson was recommended for and awarded the Dallas County Medical
Society’s Charles Max Cole Leadership Award.
In conclusion, as Christians we should aspire to be like Jesus Christ by employing every opportunity to incorporate the attributes of Jesus Christ in their daily walks of life. As
Christians, this form of leadership can be an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of


our employer, employees, and colleagues. Whether you are the Director of Nursing or a college student pursuing a degree in Nursing, a servant leader must always lead by example.

Darrouzet, M. (2014). Remembering Parkland's Dr. Ron Anderson, A Humble Servant Leader.
Dunahoo, C. H. (2005). aking Kingdom Disciples.
Phillipsburg: P & R Publishing.
Greenleaf, R. (1997/2002).
Servant­Leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness. Mahwah: Paulist Press.
Pearcey, N. (2008).
Total Truth. Orange: Yates & Yates.
Richards, L. (2013).
The Full Armor of God. Minneapolis: Bakers Publishing Group.
Sri, E. P. (2009). The Art of Living: Patience and Perseverance.
Stramba, L. (2003). Servant Leadership Practices.
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