Ministry Standard 4: Humility
February 19, 2022
We have looked at the practice of being approachable, responsible, and empathetic. Let's look at the fourth standard:
4. HUMBLE – Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves" (Luke 22:24-27).
As leaders, we serve with humility in every situation as the Lord directs. We do not focus on titles or hierarchy, and we submit to authority and one another in the will and purpose of God. We are careful to prefer one another in love and to make our gifts, experience, and time available to others whenever they are needed.
Service is a means through which leaders stay grounded even though they sometimes are public figures through teaching the pulpit ministry. The kind of service we exhibit must meet practical needs and equips the saints for the work of their ministry:
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).