If you’re not reading “Letters from Kamp Krusty” then either (a) you’ve never heard of it, or (b) you’ve never heard of it. Brent writes in a way that really makes you think and makes you laugh out loud (LOL). Here’s a prime example of why I read EVERY post.

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Servant Leader: Has something to say

LeaderMan: Wants a platform on which to say something

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LeaderMan: You almost feel you know his family, because he’s your Leader

Servant Leader: You allow him to influence you, because you know his family

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LeaderMan: Wants you to know he’s a Leader

Servant Leader: You’re not sure he knows he’s a leader

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LeaderMan: Loves the idea of the Gospel, and the idea of The Church

Servant Leader: Loves God and the actual individual people God brings across his path

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LeaderMan: A great speaker, but self-described as, “Not really a people person.”

Servant Leader: Makes himself a people person

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LeaderMan: Helps you find where God is leading you in his organization

Servant Leader: Helps you find where God is leading you

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LeaderMan: Gets together with you to talk about his vision

Servant Leader: Just gets together with you

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LeaderMan: Resents “sheep stealing”

Servant Leader: Doesn’t get the “stealing” part, since he doesn’t own anyone to begin with

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LeaderMan: Wants the right people on the bus

Servant Leader: Wants to find the right bus for you, and sit next to you on it

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Servant Leader: Shows you his whole heart

LeaderMan: Shows you a flow chart

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LeaderMan: A visionary who knows what the future looks like

Servant Leader: Knows what your kitchen looks like

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LeaderMan: If it’s worth doing, it worth doing with excellence

Servant Leader: Not exactly sure how to even calculate “worth doing”

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LeaderMan: Talks about confronting one another in love

Servant Leader: Actually confronts you in love

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LeaderMan: Impressed by success and successful people

Servant Leader: Impressed by faithfulness

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LeaderMan: Invests time in you, if you are “key people”

Servant Leader: Wastes time with you

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LeaderMan: Reveals sins of his past

Servant Leader: Reveals sins of his present

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LeaderMan: Gives you things to do

Servant Leader: Gives you freedom

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LeaderMan: Leads because of official position

Servant Leader:  Leads in spite of position

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LeaderMan: Deep down, threatened by other Leaders

Servant Leader: Has nothing to lose

-From LeaderMan vs. Servant Leader

POWERFUL stuff, and I agree wholeheartedly. I’ve seen leaders like “LeaderMan”, and I’ve seen leaders like “Servant Leader”. I’d like to think that I’m striving to be a Servant Leader – or just trying to be humble and love the people God sends into my life.

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7 Comments

  1. Awesome… I was trying not to do it, but I can’t tell you how much I resonate with this list. Most of the past leaders I’ve worked for (not all) have been “Leader Men” but my current leader is definitely a “Servant Leader”… almost to a fault. I’ll take that anyday… What a great example to strive for!

    I’m probably more like the LeaderMan than I want to admit… :(

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  2. Alex,
    Although I think this is pretty cute, I can’t really agree with all of it. I don’t agree that the most effective model for every church everywhere is for the pastor to know what the inside of every single kitchen looks like of every single person who is part of his church community.

    That only limits the number of people you reach. Some leaders are good at that style of leadership, but not all. If you are small church guy, be one, with pride – there’s nothing wrong with it. But don’t bash the big church guys – they are good guys too.

    Craig Groeschel has some good words on the matter here:
    http://swerve.lifechurch.tv/2008/09/11/letting-people-go-with-grace/

  3. Killer post. I need to be more like that.

  4. Billy, that brings up a good point. Actually lots of good points. My main concern is that somehow we’ve set up the “LeaderMan” as the ultimate goal of leadership. Not always, but it seems to be a current trend.
    “run with the big dogs”, “leaders lead leaders”, “swim with the big fish”, “invest in winners”, “get the right people in the right seats”, “don’t waste your time with time suckers”, etc.
    People are different, with different gifts, needs, methods of leading/following. But to try and mold leaders into LeaderMan, I think is a recipe for failure.
    That being said, there are some points that don’t resonate completely with me. But it’s the idea of a leader being humble, being honest, being real, having true integrity, and realizing that to be a great leader you must be a great servant… To me, those are the goals – not leading leaders, not building empires or legacy’s.
    God lifts up the humble – they find their strength in him, and have no way to explain their success’ except to give God the glory…

  5. i don’t think anyone was bashing the big church guys. i think that the important thing is that we are making disciples, this is what we were commanded to do. this involves being with people and in their lives. when your church gets so big that you can’t do that, then it is time to get some of those people together and plant a church.

  6. also, i’m not suggesting that “the pastor” be in every single persons life, this is impossible, but that he creates a culture where people are encouraged in that way, he being an example of that. of course this is assuming you believe in church leadership where “the pastor” is the head of everything.

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