Servant Leadership

Definition for Servant Leadership

“The student models servant leadership and equips others in a God-given direction through Christlike character, leadership capability, and love.”

Servant Leadership Goals

Because I want to serve students of scripture I will help facilitate students’ acquisition of the Greek New Testament by facilitating a Greek New Testament reading group AND arranging a recognition for students who complete a reading of the entire Greek New Testament before graduation.

Because I want to use my musical gifts to serve the Lord I will arrange worship music for DTS–DC chapels.

Strategies

  1. Greek New Testament Reading Group
    1. I will organize a Greek New Testament reading group.
    2. I will facilitate virtual or in-person meetings of students to read through the Greek New Testament.
    3. I will select and train someone to take over facilitation of the reading group.
  2. Greek New Testament Reading Recognition
    1. I will arrange special recognition for students who complete a reading of the entire New Testament in Greek before they graduate from DTS.
  3. Worship Music Leadership
    1. I will schedule worship team members for practice and leading chapel worship.
    2. I will plan worship music for DTS-DC chapel services.
    3. I will lead music for chapel worship services during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Resources

  1. Greek New Testament Reading Group
    1. A reading plan for working through a variety of genres and levels of New Testament greek over the course of the academic year
    2. Zoom or other video conferencing software
    3. Interested students from NT101-104 classes
    4. A student who is willing to take over facilitating the group after I complete the internship
  2. Greek New Testament Reading Recognition
    1. A plaque or other form of recognition for students who complete a reading of the whole Greek New Testament before graduation.
  3. Worship Music Leadership
    1. Student musicians who are available to assist in leading musical worship at chapel
    2. Dates for all scheduled chapels from the campus administrator
    3. Repertoire of songs for use in chapel worship
    4. Times for rehearsal

Measures

  1. Greek New Testament Reading Group
    1. By June 1st I will have arranged the first reading group meetings for the summer
    2. By August 15th I will have arranged reading group meetings through the Fall semester, and by November 15th I will have arranged reading group meetings through the spring semester
    3. I will record meeting minutes in writing and record two Zoom meetings for my portfolio, and I will go over these with my ministry mentor for feedback
  2. Greek New Testament Reading Recognition
    1. By August 15th, I will have arranged an appropriate form of recognition for students who have read their whole GNT by graduation
  3. Worship Music Leadership
    1. Chapel worship music will have been executed skillfully in a God-glorifying way
    2. I will review and reflect on recorded chapel music services with the campus administrator to assess needed improvements

Part II

Overall Reflection Statement for Servant Leadership

For my competence in servant leadership, I am submitting information about leading a Greek New Testament Reading group for DTS-DC students and leading music for chapel at DTS-DC. These show a few of the areas where I sought to use my gifts to serve the church and the DTS-DC community, specifically in New Testament and Greek and in music.

Artifacts With Descriptions

  1. Greek New Testament reading group. This group met over the summer and fall with varying student attendance depending on the perceived need of students for practice and tutoring as well as busy life circumstances. Due to the fluctuating participation throughout the course of the group, and the fact that not all students were comfortable being recorded practicing their Greek, we did not record these sessions.
  2. A picture of the plaque or other form of recognition for GNT reading completion. This goal fell to the wayside in the wake of Covid restrictions and various other circumstances throughout the year. Since it was the least necessary item, it was the first to be let go of.
  3. Video recordings of me leading music in DTS DC chapel services:
Music for DTS-DC Stand Firm Event over Zoom (Fall 2020)

Learning Reflection

As I developed and demonstrated servant leadership, I have learned how difficult it is to persevere in service while also attending to the needs of life. (Not to mention Covid and related restrictions this year!) I enjoyed using my gifts, but often I was so busy with other projects, work, school, or family, that these areas were neglected. On the other hand, sometimes I might focus too much time on these areas of service and they would eat up time I should have been spending in other realms of life. I enjoyed using my gifting of music, which I have had the opportunity to use often in the past, but I learned a lot about leading music over video conferencing and managing aspects of worship for live streaming. I also learned how difficult it is to form a group with restrictions on being able to meet in person as well as in a place like the Washington, DC metro area where most people are transient and over-busy. It took a lot of time and energy to try and develop and maintain the Greek reading group in this context, even though the content of meetings was not necessarily difficult to prepare for.

Lifelong Development Statement

As a result of the experiences documented by these artifacts, I will continue to develop in servant leadership by working to increase margin in my primary commitments (family, church, job) so that I can better provide sacrificial service to my church and community. I also need to work on my ability to focus on one area to serve, rather than several, especially in this season of life, in which I have young children and am working through graduate school.