Servanthood Leadership

Servanthood Leadership

Last Monday, Sept. 12, we were privileged to be taught by Ptr. Frank Damazio on Leadership. Ptr. Frank has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and has authored 30 books including “The Making of a Leader”.

As he started his session, he gave two statements that will set the tone of what he will be sharing to us about servanthood leadership.

Here are the two statements:
1. “God saved me because he loved me”. (It has nothing to do with what we do, it is received grace)
2. “God’s purpose for saving me was to give him glory”. (Romans 14:8-9)

This explains that as leaders, we are called because God loves us and our ultimate purpose is to give Him glory.

So what is servanthood leadership?

Serving is going beyond position, title, praise, power, ego and the fear of being less.

“Your heart to serve will be tested when people treat you like you are less of them”. -Frank Damazio

This is one of the tests of a leader’s heart to serve.

Then he shared very important details on leadership:

8 Things Servant Leaders Don’t Have:
1. Manipulation – using one’s influence to gain personal advantage.
2. Control – controlling peoples lives.
3. Self-centeredness – putting yourself at the center.
4. Exploitation – using people for your good.
5. Strong-willed (in a sinful way) – not being open for advice or suggestions.
6. Stubborness – being inflexible and hardheaded.
7. Dominance – to always get the upperhand or always wanting supremacy above others
8. Dictatorial – expecting everyone to do what you want them to do without allowing any questions and inquiry of why.

5 Things We Should Have:
1. Character above Function – it is guarding ourselves against entitlement.
2. Motives above Activities – service not performance.
3. Humility above Promotions – service not glory.
4. Faithfulness above Success – an identity secured in Christ, not defined by what we do but who we are in Him.
5. Others above Self – leadership fueled and motivated by love for others. By agape love.

But here’s the ultimate conclusion on servant leadership:

– it is a result of a deep work of God’s grace.
– it is a result of the work of God in making us more like Jesus. (because it doesn’t come naturally to us)
– it is molded through crucibles of trials, suffering, hardships and valleys
– it is a priority system that is others-centered.

As a summary, we see that servant leadership talks about character and love but here’s the verse of the ultimate example of a servant leader, our ultimate model for servanthood leadership;

Mark 10: 45 (NIV)
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the greatest embodiment and personification of servant leadership through a life of service and sacrifice.

An example we look up to and and be transformed into by His grace.

Character above function, motives above activities, humility above promotions, faithfulness above success, others above self.

Campus 101 by Ptr. Jon Dolor

Campus Ministry 101 – Notes from Ptr. Jon Dolor in the School of Campus Ministry

– we are called to DO ministry not make it grow.
– we are called to DO ministry and He’ll make it grow.
1 Cor. 3:7
– God doesn’t measure our numbers, He measures our faithfulness

– a title/position can never give security like identity in God can.
Rom. 8:15

– If a vision is from God, it’s always too big for us to achieve apart from God.

Is your vision for your campus ministry too big enough to achieve?

– you don’t volunteer to something you OWN.
– when you allow your volunteers to OWN the ministry, you empower them raising volunteerism to the next level.

– The next generation is always an endangered species.

We are intentional in raising and developing young leaders.

– Events attract crowds but events doesn’t grow them.


– Never let the enemy get a foothold on your team’s relationship.

We cultivate a culture of honoring one another.
– Never factor out fun in the ministry.

You enjoy what you are passionate about.

– Problems grow the ministry more than success or favor can.

For challenges and persecution are a setup for growth.

– If you can read the season, it’s easy to forge a plan of action.
– Don’t stop serving your campus and you’ll stay relevant.

Serving never goes out of style.

– Money is a big help but is never the only means.
– Lack of resources is never a factor.

God is our ultimate resource, everything else is secondary.


We are…

Fully known yet fully loved. Fully stubborn yet fully accepted. Fully lost but fully found. Fully flawed yet fully affirmed.

Fully and truly far brought fully and truly near. Was fully poor made fully rich.

Fully paid.

He is…

Fully wise and fully unparalleled. Fully righteous and fully glorious. Fully gracious and fully just. Fully powerful yet fully merciful.

Fully worthy and fully mighty. Fully priestly and fully holy. Fully beautiful, fully strong. Fully uncompromising and fully loving.

Fully high and fully great but fully lowly and fully humble. Fully personal and fully near. Fully Savior, the only mediator.

Fully Jesus, fully God.

Be who you are

I listened to a leadership podcast from Matt Chandler as I went home from work today.

Matt Chandler is a well-known pastor, leader, author and a great communicator. He is a husband and a father to his children.

In 2009, Matt was diagnosed with brain cancer, an incurable disease. The doctors said that he has 2-3 years more to live.

He went through chemotherapy for a year and a half and was told that it is the only thing that will hold the sickness from worsening. But in 2011, lo and behold, his medical results showed that the cancer was gone.

The doctors said that he needs to continue to do constant check-ups and that his life has been extended to 7-10 years more.

In the podcast, Matt also shared how he spends his time with his wife and children wisely knowing that each day that he has is precious.

In the podcast, he was asked a question about leadership as a person who exemplified great leadership despite of all he has experienced. Here’s the question:

What do you advice young leaders who aspire to be great leaders?

Here’s how he answered it:

“Don’t duplicate somebody else you’re not, don’t duplicate people like Andy Stanley because you’re not Andy Stanley”.

God created you uniquely and allow the Lord to make you what the Lord wants to make you”. He said: “be who you are, be where you are and grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ”.

Here’s how I interpreted it:

1. Be who you are – God will use you for who you are, stop duplicating somebody.

2. Be where you are – God speaks to you where he has placed you, don’t miss it.

3. Grow in your intimacy with Jesus Christ – Intimacy with Jesus makes us aware to what we should really pursue and know what really is important.

I like how he emphasized that pursuing great and well-known leaders for the sake of greatness is different from pursuing what Jesus’ heartbeat is.

Serving God is not about the greatness that we will get but about giving glory to Him as an act of gratefulness for the love He has shown when He sent Jesus to die for our sins on the cross. When we realize this, all about what we do or who we become is never about us but about His goodness and a result of God’s grace. This frees us from selfishness and sets us to become vessels a mighty God uses to do great and mighty things.

So start being who you are today. Greatness is already in you, living in you, Jesus Christ in you.