As this is my first attempt at blogging, I do so with a bit of fear and trepidation knowing that my words will reflect my visceral thoughts, ideas, intentions, beliefs, and worldview. My goal in this blog is to bring attention to a topic so often overlooked in this post-modern or post-truth era: namely, Servant Leadership or my preferred moniker “Christocentric Leadership.” Christocentric Leadership involves time-tested principles with a basis in the canon of Scripture and in particular the work and person of Jesus Christ. Although local bookstores are replete with leadership texts, very few of them emphasize Biblical servant leadership models as exhibited by Christ and His followers throughout the ages.
Shortly after Jesus rebuked the mother of James and John for requesting that her boys have a place of prominence in glory, Jesus uttered these profound words, “…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:26b-27). With this pronouncement, Christ set forth a leadership model which places the emphasis not on self, but others. In this current epoch of hedonism and self-aggrandizement, “self” often becomes the god to be worshiped and served. As one considers the humility of Christ taking on the form of servant (Phil 2:5-8) in order to reach a fallen world, it is hard to imagine that sin-laden mankind would have the audacity to consider himself to be something more lofty than the Creator of all that exists. Hence, Christocentric Leadership involves imitating Christ by serving others in order to lead them effectively.
It is in the light of the aforementioned Matthean pericope that this leadership theory will be developed in forthcoming blog posts. Although a plethora of servant- leadership models exist, many are explored devoid of the foundation of Jesus Christ. Ignoring this basis is tantamount to a study of philosophy without exploring the works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Although Christ is central to this leadership journey, the lives of other Biblical and extra-Biblical figures will be considered as both positive and antithetical examples of Christocentric Leadership. It is this writer’s hope that the readers will be challenged, encouraged, and edified by these musings while they seek to become better leaders at work, in the home, at church, or in the community.
-Soli Deo Gloria