Jesus had a clear and direct plan for his ministry. Not only did Jesus teach powerful parables, but he also had a clear and direct plan for his disciples.
In the gospel according to Luke, the author records the leadership style and strategies of Jesus as it applies to his ministry.
In his account of Christ’s teachings, Luke points out five leadership styles of Jesus for his disciples as they go into the various communities to teach about the Kingdom of God.
1. Enter a new environment with a positive attitude.
“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ (Luke 10:5) How one enters a new environment will determine the success or failure of the effort. Jesus made it clear to his disciples that they were to enter a new environment with a positive greeting.
2. Be thankful for what you are offered by those you will lead.
“Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you….” (Luke 10:7) Showing those we lead that we are thankful for what they bring into the relationship is a healthy start. There is nothing more discouraging than for someone to think that we do not appreciate what they bring to the table.
3. Make a commitment to those you are trying to lead.
“Do not move around from house to house.” (Luke 10:7) Have you ever been in a conversation with someone only to have them look away from you when someone else walked by? That action says to them that they are not relevant or at least not as important as the person who just walked into the room. Jesus made sure his disciples understood the value of individuals when he gave this instruction to his disciples.
4. Use your skills and gifts among people who welcome you.
“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10:9)
Here is another statement of Jesus that emphasizes the value of those who engage us. When someone welcomes us into a conversation or a relationship with them, it is to be treasured.
5. Do not waste your time nor your skills on those who are unwilling to be taught.
“But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you.” (Luke 10:10-11)
Often leaders have wasted their time and energy by trying to connect with those who do not want to connect. All leaders have the ability to choose where they will spend their time. Investing your energy in an environment that does not welcome you is a waste of time.
The servant leadership style of Jesus was shared with his disciples can be extremely helpful for anyone who has the responsibility of leading others.