Slaves as Leaders


Who among the slaves-of-God should be leaders, and how should they lead the people of God?


Short Answer: Whoever would be a leader among the slaves-of-God, must be the slave of all. Mark 9:33-35; 10:35-45.

Christ’s Example: Jesus gave the example of servant leadership by washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. John 13:12-17.  Jesus presented a sacrificial leadership.  He said that he came not to be served but serve and to give himself a ransom for many. Mark 10:45.

Paul’s Example: Paul gave the example of working hard and not being a burden to those over whom he was a leader. 1 Corinthians 9:6, 2 Corinthians 11:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10.  In addition, Paul showed loving care and yet was not afraid to exercise discipline and correction when necessary. 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus.

Qualifications of Elders and Deacons: Paul discusses the qualifications of elders, deacons, and their wives. We take these qualifications as indicative of appropriate qualifications for any leader within the church. A leader in the church must: exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, the ability to teach, and the proven track record of managing his or her own family. 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1:5-9, Titus 2:3-5.


I.  Qualifications for Leadership:

  1. Showing Servant and Sacrificial Leadership

  2. Not being a burden to others

  3. Exercising both care and discipline over the flock

  4. Exhibiting Fruit of the Spirit

  5. Possessing the ability to teach

  6. Managing one’s own family and household well


II.  What is not required of the slaves-of-God in order to be leaders:

  1. Ability to cast “vision”

  2. Ability to “influence” others

  3. Ability to “organize”

  4. Expertise at goal setting, strategies, budgeting ideas, action plans

Before we hire or promote someone with all of the attributes listed in Category II above, we need to make sure that they first have all of the attributes listed in Category I above.



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