6-Week Series: Against All Odds

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King George and Queen Elizabeth and then Princess Elizabeth set the example of being great leaders of and role models for their people by being servants. The Rev. Dr. John C. Maxwell is an honored pastor in the Wesleyan Church Dr. Maxwell and founder of two companies world renowned EQUIP and INJOY. Every year Dr. Maxwell is in demand not only to train leaders in evangelical Churches across denominational lines but also in Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and other such diverse groups as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. He trains not only Christian leaders but business leaders worldwide and “was named the World’s Told Leadership Guru by Leadership gurus.net.” [SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Maxwell].

Dr Maxwell, if not the original one to coin the phrase, certainly is a leading advocate and teacher in the principles of servant-leadership. Now we might consider that term an oxymoron; after all, when we think of leaders, normally such worlds come to our minds as prestige and power. The word servant conjures up such images in our minds as inferiority and slavery.

The neat thing about the appeal of Dr. Maxwell is the fact that he has found all of his leadership knowledge in the Bible and in the prime example of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who became “The Servant-King.” Jesus is our greatest example in leadership, because just as He reminded His apostles, He still reminds us in Luke 22:25-27, ““The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”

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