The third component that I will identify and distinguish is servant leadership. One can become a servant leader by being appointed, but really the nature of becoming a servant leader is just in the habitual doing because of Christ’s example. The doing isn’t so that we can lord it over others (Matt 20:20-28) but so we can be the least to become the greatest. One becomes a servant by living in constant awareness of God’s economy. In God’s economy “it is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35), we love our enemies, “do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back” (Lk. 6:35), and “look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (Jas. 1:27).
Prayer is a major element of developing a servant’s heart to grow spiritually and know God more deeply. The role of prayer is to be able to speak to God and hear his voice in order to act in obedience to the actions that he is calling his servants to do. One thing I would like to make note of in the conversation on servant leadership are deacons. In Acts 6 the apostles appointed deacons to serve and wait on the tables to distribute food to the widows. These servants were “known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom” (6:3). It is my opinion that deacons are an effective source for meeting practical needs among congregants and to relieve the senior pastor to be able to be more focused on praying and ministering the word, just as the apostles did (6:4).