Being a servant in leadership involves biblical stewardship. We’re called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. Stewardship for ministry leaders involves managing and administrating, acting on God’s behalf, according to His desires and purposes.
Servanthood endeavors to serve others by serving Christ.
Some of us have the sad story of experiencing abuse from our flock, as they took advantage of our open willingness to serve and expected their version of what that should mean. Other stories we have heard are of abuse from the leadership above us in the pastorate who misused their authority to control us.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Your Turn: Give us Your Story!
Anonymously respond to these questions in the “Leave a Reply” box at the very bottom of this page.
Pick one, or all of these (or come up with your own) and go with it! In your story you may want to talk about:
- Your first experience of the abuse of your servanthood
- How did it affect your husband? How did it affect you? How did it affect your family?
- Your advice for lovingly and courageously determining reasonable and appropriate boundaries and establishing limits.
- Did you experience Victory as you learned to re-define the meaning of being a Servant for God?
Don’t forget, here’s how this works…
Each month a topic will be presented. I will give an introduction and an invitation to all of you who would like to respond to the topic. Ask questions. Tell your story. A little bit of crying and bellyaching is allowed, however, there will be limitations. Our goal is to find each other through our discussion of our shared experiences and to encourage each other. God will be with us!
Respond to the topic in the “Leave a Reply” box at the very bottom of the this page.
- Be sure to use only your initials in the section where it asks for first and last name, or give a pseudo-name to keep your identity private.
- Please, don’t give actual names of people or places as you tell your story. Protect. Protect. Protect.
It may be necessary for some editing of your submission to present a concise version. I will work (and pray) through your comment/response and then post both what you contributed and my own comment or response, as well as interaction from “the Sisterhood” I have received concerning it. Nearing the end of each month, I will inform you of the next month’s topic, to give the opportunity for you to prepare.