A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:24–27, NRSV)
This must certainly be the word of Jesus that we most often forget or neglect. Leadership in his church is to be different than leadership in the world. Yet Christian leadership books are no different than business leadership books (ask John Maxwell if you don’t believe me), and they are among the best selling books.
This topic is important. Important enough for Jesus to talk about it during his final meal with his disciples. We should pay attention.