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Holy Week Challenge: Servant Leadership!

Holy Week Challenge: Servant Leadership!

By:  Mission Team April 13, 2022

Servant Leadership! This concept is something that our founder, Justin Fatica has adopted from Ken Blanchard who has been his mentor for many years. Ken has written many books on this topic, and it’s proven successful in both his team and ours! 

-Simple Truths of Leadership - 52 ways to be a Servant Leader and Build Trust

-Servant Leadership in Action  


Winston Churchill tells us that “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”  Servant Leaders are always giving to those that work for them, and with them. Someone who is a Servant Leader cares about others succeeding more than them, provided that they do their very best. 

Ken has so much to teach us about how Servant Leadership works, but in the end, it all comes back to working to serve the people that we lead. That’s what Jesus did, and Ken Blanchard has written a whole book about it! Lead Like Jesus 


Jesus gave everything he had so we could have a better life. He was the ultimate example of what it means to be a Servant Leader. He did the little things and didn’t deem them as less important or too lowly for him. Here are some examples of how he did this!

So, as we are in Holy Week, we can draw upon some great examples from Palm Sunday to the Passion and Resurrection of Christ in the four Gospels. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rides into Jerusalem, where he is paid homage by the people there as their king. Now at that point in history, the Jews were expecting their Messiah to be riding into their country riding a golden chariot with an army of soldiers behind Him or something of a similar sort. However, Christ rode into the city on the back of a lowly donkey. Donkeys aren’t usually the noble steed of choice, especially that of a king, but Christ didn’t come to boast or show off his kingship. He showed his humility by riding a lowly animal, not making himself out to be any greater than the poorest in Jerusalem. Jesus really showed that even if we are a king or hold high authority, we don’t need to gloat and hold it above others, but rather be humble of our placement and power. 

Following Holy Week, the next example comes on Holy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper and Christ’s eventual betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. Before the supper and betrayal, Christ does something quite surprising by washing his Apostles’ feet. The Apostles are immediately taken aback as their “Messiah” is washing their dirty feet! They question why He is doing this, and promptly tell Him to stop this action. But Christ gives instruction to the Apostles as He says that He came to serve, and He wants us all to follow in this example of servitude. 

On Good Friday, the greatest example of servant leadership is shown throughout all of Christ’s Passion: He took on all of our sins and laid down his life so that we may be able to achieve eternal happiness in Heaven! Every cut, bruise, insult, and injury were taken in by Christ to make it to the moment of his death, the sacrifice for all of us to be saved. Christ had said before that there is no greater love than laying down your life for your friends, and He definitely lived those words by laying down His life for us!

On the surface, not much appears to happen on Holy Saturday, but a deeper look can show us another example of servant leadership. After His death, Christ opened the gates of heaven and freed all of the souls there from limbo; however, as much as this seems to be a monumental task, God exists outside of time! So, Christ being God, could have accomplished this and come back to life immediately after his death. If you think too much into it, He could’ve snapped back to life, destroyed the cross he hung on, healed all of His wounds, and incinerated all of the executors and Pharisees in a blink of an eye. But He didn’t, He didn’t make a big show, but He waited, waited for the moment His Father had planned for. Christ could’ve yet again shown off his majesty and might, but He chose the humble route and remained obedient to His Father.

Lastly, On Easter Sunday, Christ shows yet another example of servant leadership in a similar vein to that of Holy Saturday. On the day of His resurrection, Christ didn’t appear to everyone in Jerusalem, friend and enemy alike. Instead, He appeared to one woman, Mary of Magdalene. It was through her testimony that others came to first hear of Christ’s rising from the dead! Yet again, Christ did not show off, but he made His resurrection a humble act!

For this Holy Week, the final week before Easter, there is one more challenge we at Hard as Nails would like to leave you off with a final challenge to help you grow in your spiritual life. And the challenge is to do acts of kindness and volunteer to help others! You can take out the garbage or vacuum the house without anyone asking or expecting some kind of praise, you could pay for someone else’s meal the next time you are at a restaurant, or you could care for someone that you usually have a hard time getting along with. The possibilities go on and on! The goal is to die for ourselves and what we want and return for doing good to someone around us. Be encouraged in this challenge and take faith that Christ will be raised from the dead on Easter Sunday!



About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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