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What is Servant Leadership?

In a military community, there are many leaders. Solid leadership has always been an integral part of the military, but this style of leadership often does not translate to effectiveness in ministry. Ministry presents many challenges that the soldier typically does not have to think about. This is where we come in.

At Carolina College of Biblical Studies, we exist to disciple Christ-followers, through biblical higher education, for a lifetime of effective servant leadership.

Effective servant leadership goes beyond being a leader who is willing to serve the needs of others. Don’t get me wrong, it is very important that a leader is able to serve others. It is the leaders who are able to put the needs of others above their own who are truly following in the footsteps of Jesus. Servant leadership is about shepherding. This is the most common image used in the New Testament regarding servant leadership, and it has many facets of meaning. Overall, the leader must balance many things. They must first be servants of those they lead. They must be willing to lead when those they lead are not headed in the right direction. They must be patient, loving, kindhearted, and many other things.

All of this is great, but it is not always effective. This is where Carolina College of Biblical Studies really excels. We train to be effective. But what does that mean? Think about Paul’s famous sermon on Mars Hill in Athens (Acts 17). Paul “contextualizes” the gospel for a non-Jewish audience. This means that Paul makes the gospel relatable to those with no understanding of the Jewish religious system. This is because he understands his cultural background as well as the culture of the people to whom he ministers. This is how you take being a servant leader to the next level and become much more effective in ministry.

–Dr. Drew
Bible Translation Consultant
Wycliffe Associates

Professor of Biblical Languages
Carolina College of Biblical Studies