The Original Servant Leader

Pastor Joel Scheiwe shares some reflections on the humility and love of Jesus's leadership.
As Hong Kong International School is grounded in the Christian faith, we humbly confess that even our views of leadership flow from Christ himself. Jesus, as the God of the universe came to serve humankind, sets the pattern for servant leadership. As infant king he lay in a manger. As teacher, he guided his disciples in hands-on learning. As healer he took time to personally care for each person’s unique needs. As savior, he showed his power through self-sacrifice.

Jesus wanted his followers to practice this counter-intuitive but holy pattern of servant leadership. Upon hearing his disciples argue about being great leaders, he explained to them how human service flows from the blessed savior himself. “You know that the acknowledged rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people. But that’s not the way it’s going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant... It’s the same way with the Son of Man. He didn’t come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.” Mark 10:42-45

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. "

Ephesians 2:10

Jesus always put people ahead of himself rather than imposing his own authority on them. He chose a washbasin rather than a scepter to exercise his leadership. He chose a cross and an empty tomb rather than a corner office as the place of his vocation. Most of all, Jesus met people where they were in their need and served them with dignity and love. We can repeat this pattern of leading through service because our savior Jesus first served us.

Top Kevin Kong, Associate Youth Director at Church of All Nations, demonstrates servant leadership by getting shaved alongside students to support cancer research in 2019.
Middle & below HKIS students supporting a Lutheran Social Service Elder Care event.