Servant Leadership

March 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This month’s TLO Disciple focus is Servant Leadership. Church leadership is based on authority. The pastor is called by God to preach and teach the Word of God and administer the Sacraments according to God’s institution, and forgive the sins of the penitent and retain the sins of the impenitent.
The privilege of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ is not the responsibility of pastors alone. Matthew 28:1-20 and Mark 16:15 make clear that God has called His entire Church to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Each baptized and believing Christian, man, woman or child, has this calling and responsibility. Not only are the pastors and teachers called to ministry, each Christian has the responsibility to this ministry.
In his Small Catechism, Luther included the Office of the Keys as one of the six Chief Parts. The Office if the Keys is the peculiar Church power to forgive the sins of those who repent, and hold back forgiveness from those who do not repent. The Office of the Keys is carried out through the Means of Grace, God’s Word and the Sacraments and conducted by pastors publicly, and each member of the Church. For all Christians are members of “the royal priesthood of God” (1 Peter 2:5, 9).
As TLO Church carries out this ministry, it is important that each Christian, and especially our leaders, carry out our ministry with a servant heart. This TLO Disciple is offered to help our congregation understand the role of servant leadership within our midst as we carry out the Great Commission and as we use the Office of the Keys.
There is no better model of servanthood than our Lord Jesus Christ. In our serving we look to Jesus who offered his life for the sins of the world. May His sacrifice for us and for our salvation, empower and motivate us all, pastors, teachers, lay leaders and each member of the church, to be servant leaders, faithfully and joyfully giving of ourselves to the building up of the body of Christ.
Pastor James Kroonblawd
Scripture Word study of Servant in the Bible

The term "servant" is a commonly found in the Bible. The most often use of the term refers to one who serves under authority, especially in the sense of laboring for another. All slaves were servants, but not all servants were slaves. The terms listed here are several of the words that represent the word servant. The list of Greek words and Bible references are provided to help understand the various ways the term servant is used in Scripture.

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Deacon/Deaconess – servant, minister; Romans 15:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:8
Hyperetes – Servant, officer, assistant; John 18:36
Oiketes – domestic slave, house slave; Luke 16:13; Rom. 14:4
Pais – servant, child; Matthew 17:18; Luke 8:54
Paidiske – female slave; Gal. 4:30
Architriklinos – head steward; John 2:8
Doulos/doule – female slave; Matthew 10:24; Matthew 18:32; John 8:35
Therapon – attendant, healing; servant; Hebrews 3:5
Strategos – officer of the temple; Acts 16:20
Leitourgos – Servant, minister; Hebrews 1:7; Romans 15:15-16
Misthios – day laborer, hired worker; Luke 15:17
Oiketeia – household; household slave; Matthew 24:45
Prostatis – a patron, protectress; Romans 16:2 (regarding Phoebe)
Syngenes – related; compatriot; relative; John 18:26
Syndoulos – fellow slave; Matthew 18:28-33
Idios – one’s own; Matthew 15:20 (his own clothes)
Ioudaios – Jew, Judean; Acts 18:14 (belonging to Judah)
Lutheran Women- Servant Leaders
One example of women stepping out to the call to serve and lead others is Connie Denninger who describes herself as a Christ Follower, Family Life Educator, Co-Founder of Visual Faith Ministry, Digital Missioner, and Storyteller of beauty in the sacred space of home

Click to read Connie Denninger's blogspot
Connie Denninger's Pinterest account posts a listing of women who are servant leaders in the LCMS
Faith’n’Family podcast
Servant on the Track 
with Matt Beisel
Concordia University Nebraska Track and Field Head Coach Matt Beisel talks about being a servant leader on and off the track. Athletics are important, but it’s even more important to keep Christ first and build relationships that will last a lifetime. Click to listen to this inspiring podcast.
From God's Word
[Jesus said]"But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant."Luke 22:16
9 Qualities of the Servant Leader
A servant leader is one who:
1. Values diverse opinions.
A servant leader values everyone’s contributions and regularly seeks out opinions. If you must parrot back the leader’s opinion, you are not in a servant-led organization.
2. Cultivates a culture of trust.
People don’t meet at the water cooler to gossip. Pocket vetoes are rejected.
3. Develops other leaders.
The replication factor is so important. It means teaching others to lead, providing opportunities for growth and demonstrating by example. That means the leader is not always leading, but instead giving up power and deputizing others to lead
4. Helps people with life issues (not just work issues).
It’s important to offer opportunities for personal development beyond the job.

For more insight on Servant Leadership visit: Leading With Others in Mind         
From God's Word
[Jesus said] "Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Mark 10:43-45
Servant Leadership: Setting Leaders Free
by Anna Johnson

We cannot transform ourselves into Christlike servant leaders any more than a mud turtle can sprout wings and teach itself to fly. Our Lord teaches that He must work the metamorphosis we need. The Spirit continues to work that new identity in our hearts as He integrates our thoughts and desires, shaping us daily into the image of Christ Himself. As we meditate on Jesus’ great love and sacrifice for us on Calvary, we ourselves become more intent on serving others. Read more about one’s identity, which then shapes attitudes, values, and behaviors. 
From God's Word
"Jesus called them (His disciples) together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”" —Mark 10:42-45
Jesus: "Serving"
By Dean Nadasdy,
former President of the Minnesota South District
His [Jesus'] values are not easy because they run counter to our culture just as they ran counter to His. Here are just five Jesus-style values for servant leaders:
  • Low is high: the lower I go in humble service and sacrifice, the higher I am in the kingdom.
  • The kingdom’s economy of success rests not in how much I have but in how much I give away.
  • The smaller my ego the greater my capacity for receiving and giving grace in leadership.
  • There is no limit to what can be accomplished in the kingdom if I don't mind who gets the credit.
  • I must decrease; Jesus must increase.
[Jesus'] cross levels us all. There is no arguing at the cross over who is greatest in the kingdom. We are all leveled there in being loved and served by the true Leader of us all. He leads by getting humble enough and obedient enough to lay down His life for His friends. To lead in the church is to follow Him and His style of servant leadership.  Read full article
From God's Word
"Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”"—Mark 9:35
Servant Leader Podcast
Rev. Dr. Rob Kasper explains what servant leadership is and why it’s so important in the church. He also explains what happens when leaders fail and gives some resources that could be of great value on this topic. Click to listen!
2022 LCMS Youth Gathering
In All Things, the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering will bring over 1000 loving, energetic, flexible, and faithful volunteers to Houston, TX. Volunteers are a highly valued and deeply needed element of the Gathering experience and its overall success and we would love for YOU to serve a few hours or the entirety of the Gathering as a Young Adult Volunteer (ages 19-25) or an Adult Volunteer (25 and older).
Click to learn more about this volunteer opportunity and see TLO Preschool Teacher, Heather Bielec, as part of the 2019 Gathering Volunteers.
The Key Is To Serve
by Mark Cole
March 6, 2020
Almost fifty years ago, Zig Ziglar said “If you help people get what they want, they will help you get what you want" meaning—The degree to which you serve as a leader will determine how effective you are as a leader.
In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell teaches servant leadership inside his Law of Addition: “The best place for a leader isn’t always the top position. It isn’t the most prominent or powerful place. It’s the place where he or she can serve the best and add the most value to other people.”
John Maxwell says, “You’ve got to love your people more than your position.” That’s what servanthood is all about—putting the needs of your people before your own aspirations. I know, easier said than done. Here are a few practical applications that will help you:
  • Listen to your people instead of lording over them.
  • Risk for the benefit of another instead of for your advancement.
  • Allow the best idea to win instead of seeking your own way.

Click to read the full article and develop more ways to lead effectively.

Soli Deo gloria
Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran
2950 Highway 55
Eagan, MN 55121