The Greatest Leader Must Be The Greatest Servant

images-2Psalm 23:6 – Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

We live in a world that glorifies “top dog” leadership, not servant leadership. And yet, it is incredible as one evaluates the grandest and best leaders of history and they were not “top dog” leaders but servant leaders.

4 Servant Leaders who marked our world

•Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady of the United States had been a hostess for formal gatherings before accompanying her husband to the White House. Her service attitude transformed the American expectations of first ladies as she came in to serve, not to be served. She was persistent with her human rights work and she even had a crucial part in crafting some of the United Nations declaration of human rights. She helped transform the United Nations.

•Martin Luther King, Jr´s actions and speeches on social justice transformed history in the United States. Being such a good speaker and orator he could have used all of that for personal gain. Instead he devoted himself and his life to changing a racist country into a country to serve all people. He helped transform a people group and a nation.

•Nelson Mandela served the country of South Africa by sticking with his convictions of equality for everyone. He was in jail for a long time, but when he got out instead of looking toward vengeance he worked with those who had him imprisoned to work towards a peaceful transition. He helped transform a country.

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•Jesus Christ served the world. He washed people´s feet that would later deny him. He broke bread with the one who would betray him. He turned the other cheek when hit and beaten falsely. He started new sayings like – “love those who hate you,” “do good to those who persecute you,” and “love your enemies as yourself.” His message was simple – the greatest among us should be the greatest servants.

Matthew 23:11-12 “The greatest among you will be your servant.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

You can be a world impact leader as well. Follow these verses and serve those around you. Love on them. Turn the other cheek when they abuse you. When they deny you, even when you were best friends, put up with it. Realize they are only human. When they betray you remember they did the same to Jesus. As you humble yourself maybe God will give you success. It may not come in the way you expect it – but his goodness and love will follow you all of the days of your life, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

To be the greatest leader you must be the greatest servant.


Rich was born in Ecuador to missionary parents (Milton and Patricia Brown). He graduated from the Alliance Academy, where he met his wife Elisa Shannon (daughter of missionaries from Argentina, Jack and Jean Shannon). Both graduated from Toccoa Falls College. Rich graduated with a degree in Missiology. Rich and Elisa were married in 1990, and less than a year later, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Rich served as youth pastor at North Ridge Church for almost four years. During that time, he finished the ordination process with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and graduated with a Masters Degree from Wheaton Graduate School in Biblical and Theological Studies. In 1995, Rich and Elisa moved to Peru, where they served for ten years as youth pastor missionaries in four different churches in Lima and Trujillo. Rich also taught in the Bible Seminary in Lima and Trujillo. He was the Executive director of the Seminary in Trujillo for one year. He taught World Views, Evangelism, The Book of Hebrews, and Missions, among other courses. In 2005, Rich and Elisa became regional youth missionaries in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. In 2006, they started Inca Link and that organization is now serving in four countries (Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and the United States). Rich´s calling is to reach the 300 million youth in Latin America with Christ´s irresistible love. Rich and Elisa have four children who have been intimately involved in the Browns’ ministry: Olivia, Michaela, Josiah & Alexa.

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