The Paradoxical Commands of Servant Leadership

Mother Teresa, do it anyway, paradoxical commandments, servant leadershipThe new leadership learning communities I call 90-5-U have been launched and are well under way at LWCC. We have three different learning communities.

The early morning group meets from 6:30 - 8:00 am.
The morning group meets from 9:00 - 10:32 am.
The evening group meets from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Each group has between 12-20 people in it. We meet for 90 minutes. We spend time in large group conversation/teaching, small group time, and personal processing.

Today's theme in our learning community is: The Work of Leadership: Serving God and Serving Others.

There are two differnet versions of the Paradoxical Commandments. I see these statements as illustrating the way of servant-leadership, that was exemplified by Jesus Christ and established as THE NORMATIVE WAY of leadership.

As the Father sent me, I am sending you (John 20:21). The Father sent the Son to be a servant (Jesus said, "I am among you as one who serves") and the Servant-Son sends his friends-servants out into the world to lead in his way and lead in his name.

This statement is by Mother Teresa. You may want to download this image, or copy and print it out. Put it at a place where you see it regularly. It is worth a lectio divina reflection.

Tomorrow I will post the second, longer statement.

I am so grateful for the people who are a part of the 90-5-U Leadership Community. Beautiful things are already happening in our lives and community.

Grace to everyone,


Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International