Servant Leadership: Pathways
“Learning from Others on the Journey” (SL#60)
by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® 1:2 - Following Biblical Patterns 

Servant Leadership Pathways has primarily been a series of articles featuring Bible study topics. This article is an intentional change of pace. Following biblical patterns on your journey as a servant leader can also be explored through the insights of contemporary practicing ministers. Please notice--only four “Christian veteran travelers” are chosen in this article, and only a few of their substantive insights are reported; these publications are worthy of your careful study. Whether basic or profound, these may assist you in a rewarding, consistent practice of servant leadership.


Are you expanding your leadership perspective by taking in the thoughts of others on the servant leadership journey? The goal of this activity is to develop your own biblical insights and apply these ideas to your everyday pathway of leadership.

1. Strength in Servant Leadership
by Paul A. Cedar (Word Book Publishers, Waco, TX 1987)
Study Notes prepared by Lloyd Elder

Growing out of pastoral and agency leadership, Cedar provides excellent biblical insight into servant leadership:
Cedar’s Eight Major Principles
2. The Servant Principle: Finding Fulfillment Through Obedience to Christ
by Rick E. Ferguson (Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, TN 1999)
Study Notes prepared by Lloyd Elder

3. A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
by Reggie McNeal (Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 2000)
Study Notes prepared by Lloyd Elder

This book goes beyond popular “how-to” tasks and styles to develop the premise that leaders must be experts in matters of the heart:

In Chapter 4, Jesus: the Heartbeat of God, pp. 51-70, McNeal set out the true nature of Christ (fully divine, fully human) and the significant shaping influences on His life.

4. Jesus on Leadership: Becoming a Servant Leader
by C. Gene Wilkes (LifeWay Press, Nashville, TN 1998, revised)
Study Notes prepared by Lloyd Elder

Gene Wilkes, growing out of a pastoral/congregational setting, has written Jesus on Leadership: Becoming a Servant Leader. He seeks to develop servant leaders following the pattern of Jesus’ ministry to train disciples to do kingdom work (p. 4):

Reflection for the Pathway:

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership