In God’s economy, we’re all leaders!
So many in the chronic illness community feel a deep sense of isolation and loneliness. We at Chronic Joy are here to equip leaders to foster relationships, build community, and guide small groups for those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
Biblical leadership is not about education, experience, title, authority, or power. It’s about sacrificially serving one another in love. Jesus is the greatest model of servant leadership ever to walk the earth and is the definition of servant-hearted leadership.
The greatest among you will be your servant. (Matthew 23:11)
Leadership is not a position or title we earn; instead, it is something God created us to live out exactly where He has placed us. Servant leadership equips God’s people to become all He has called, created and gifted them to be.
- Spend time in God’s Word
- Pray regularly and often
- Treat others with dignity, love, and respect
- Face conflict with humility
- Care for those they lead
- Listen actively
- Experience deep joy
“Great leadership requires a constant willingness to be transformed into the person we were created to be.” (propelwomen.org)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20a)
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ.” What a picturesque and content-laden word! Think about the only thing an ambassador is commissioned to do whatever he is, whoever he is with, whatever he is working on. The single call of an ambassador is to represent [Christ].” (Paul David Tripp)
NINE QUALITIES OF SERVANT-HEARTED LEADERSHIP
- Spend time in God’s Word – Hear the Word, read the Word, study the Word, and meditate on the Word daily.
- Live a life of prayer – Talk to the Lord often about everything until your life is a prayer.
- Integrity – God calls us to be honest and transparent before Him and one another.
- Humility – We need to learn from and listen to those we lead, recognizing their God-given value and worth. Learning about someone else’s journey expands our view of the whole body of Christ on earth.
- Willingness to listen – As leaders, we listen to discover the needs of those we lead. We listen to, learn and grow. Above all, we listen to God, who cares deeply for those He has called us to lead.
- Flexibility – As servant leaders to those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability, we need to be flexible and willing to adapt to each person’s unique needs. Inviting change is an opportunity for both of us to grow.
- Resilience – The only constant we can count on is God’s presence. Resilience grows as we persevere, press on, or take a new route. We will be challenged and face roadblocks. We might even be stopped in our tracks. Those challenges are invitations to lean a little bit deeper into God.
- Stewardship – People are God’s most valuable creation. Calling out what is good and faithful about those we serve brings glory to God.
- Empathy – Whenever Jesus encountered someone who was hurting or in need, He paused and gave them His full attention. He had compassion first, then he acted. Jesus’ model reminds us to pause, smile, and listen. At Chronic Joy, we say it this way, “We’re an illness ministry; people always, always come first.”
LEAD WITH HUMILITY
Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. (Philippians 2:3)
“My prayer is that we as leaders would be empowered by God’s grace to be joyfully willing to live the suffering-servant gospel that is our reason for existing, in everything we say and do, in the place where the Savior has positioned us.” (Paul David Tripp)
In God’s economy, we’re all leaders, serving God by serving His people. At Chronic Joy, our focus from the very beginning has been on making a difference one precious life at a time.
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