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SERVANT LEADERSHIP

 

by: Cecil May

There are several leadership styles. Likely the first to come to mind is positional, authoritative leadership. An officer in the armed services, an employer, a foreman, a supervisor or CEO gives an order; underlings unquestionably obey. Church leaders, however, at Jesus’ direction, use a leadership style which is neither positional nor authoritative.

Here is what Jesus says:

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them (verb related to kurios, Lord), and those who are great exercise authority over them (verb related to exousia, authority). Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:25-28).


Jesus clearly calls for servant leadership. The Bible applies the same words to elders.

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ...shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight...not domineering over (verb related to kurios, Lord) those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Pet. 5:1-3).


Here are three practical ways to exercise servant leadership:

1. Doing before telling. Peter says, “being examples to the flock.” Leaders should not require of their followers anything they would not do themselves. Congregations rarely rise above their leadership. Benevolent, compassionate leaders make for a benevolent church. Evangelistic leaders will lead an evangelistic congregation. Jesus exemplified servant leadership when He, their Master and Lord, washed His disciples feet, and said, “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (Jn. 13:14-15). Leaders, what kind of people do you want your congregates to be? Be that kind of person.


2. Requesting, not ordering. A good example is Paul addressing Philemon, “Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you” (Phile. 8). Also addressing churches: “I appeal to you therefore, bothers, by the mercies of God...” (Rom. 12:1); “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...”( 1 Cor. 1:10). Supervised people still respond well to, “Would you, please...” and, when completed, “Thank you.”

3. People before policy. Human needs do not come before God’s law, but they come before people’s interpretations and applications of it. Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” The Pharisees, by definitions and additions, turned the Sabbath from a blessed day of rest to a burden for man to figure out. Jesus restored the Sabbath’s purpose, a blessing to man.

 

 

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Tim Deem

  1. What you can expect when you visit
  2. Our Minister

What you can expect when you visit.

When you visit the Beville Road Church of Christ you will find a congregation of warm, caring and loving Christians. A congregation that loves God and a congregation that is genuinely happy to see visitors. This congregation is autonomous and is under the oversight of elders (pastors, or bishops), with a group of men serving as deacons, and we have a minister (or preacher). All of this follows the teaching of the New Testament and we follow the teachings with special significance paid to the statement "speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent."
 
At the worship services on each and every Sunday, we participate in five different elements of worship: prayer, singing, hearing God's word through a message, participating in the partaking of the Lord's Supper and giving of our means through financial contributions. Please consider the following scriptures in regards to each of the elements of worship.
 
Prayer
Romans 12:12 "Continue steadfastly in prayer"
I Corinthians 7:5 "Give yourselves unto prayer"
 
Singing
Ephesians 5:19 "speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord"
Hebrews 2:12 "In the midst of the congregation will I sing Thy praise" (226) 421-6245
 

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Bruce was born in Warren, Ohio in 1959. His father, Emanuel Daugherty, is a gospel preacher. He married the former Gayle Gleaton of Fairview, Georgia in 1981. He and his wife have two sons: Mike age 28, lives in Chicago, working in the advertising community and Vince, age 25 who is married to Tiffany and teaches high school in Daytona Beach.

Bruce received his B. A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1981. He received his M. A. in Church History from Harding Graduate School of Religion in 2006.

Bruce served as an associate minister for the Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Church of Christ from 1981-1983. He was a missionary in Cervignano, Italy from 1983-1990. He preached for the Beville Road congregation in Daytona Beach, FL from 1990-2000. He preached for the 10th & Clairmont Church of Christ in Cambridge, Ohio from 2000-2011. In November 2011 he returned to Beville Road to serve as their preacher. He has held gospel meetings in Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. ,..(207) 873-1127

 

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•  Guest Speaker – Sunday morning, October 21, Tim Deem from Mt. Dora Christian Academy will give a report during class time and speak during morning worship
•  Monthly Fellowship Meal – Sunday, October 21. Hostesses are Christal Fennell, Mandi Macon and Bea Odu. There is a food sign-up sheet on the back table
•  Friday Night Bible Study – October 26. There will be a question & answer activity over the Gospel of Mark. Prepare by reading and studying the Book of Mark.

•  Youth Seminar – Saturday, October 27, at South Florida Ave. Church of Christ, Lakekand. Please see the sign-up sheet on the youth board.

•  Memorial service for Ray Henry - Sunday, November 4, at 1:00 PM
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