Instituting servant leadership as a model for local church leaders in the central Philippines Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Unpublished Thesis (DMin)
Tomado, Luisito T.
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Though noticeable improvements have been achieved in local SDA church leadership in the Central Philippines, not many are excellent models of harmony and effectiveness in ministry. Some observers believe that the popular notion of church leadership has undergone a shift from humble service to a power and “command and obey” type of leadership. This paper considers “servant leadership” as a promising response to the aforementioned condition. There seem to be spiritual dynamics in this model of leadership that closely follow biblical principles and Ellen G. White’s concept of leadership. Moses acknowledged that developing the potential of others strengthens leadership. David did not lead, but people came to follow him because he valued and harnessed them for productivity. Jesus, the greatest Servant Leader, taught that kingdom leadership is “serving first.” The Apostle Paul defines qualities of a servant leader in many of his letters to the Christian churches. EGW emphasizes humility, service and self-sacrifice, the right use of power and authority, and the value of delegating, among other things. Her concept of leadership is servant leadership. Introducing this model of leadership to the local churches in CPUC would improve and enhance the local church ministry and lay involvement of church members. Unlearning wrong and unbiblical concepts of leadership and instituting an excellent training seminar on the concept of servant leadership is one of the best options in making this attempt a reality. This paper develops and presents seminar notes on the concept of servant leadership, which may be used as an effective pastoral strategy.
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