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Monday, September 9, 2019

“Spiritual Bullies and Worship Leadership”

Here are just a few thoughts that I am sharing with my students this semester about Servant Leadership. [For this commentary, let’s call Worship Leaders, Servant Worshipers.]

Spiritual Bullies look at those “under” and around them as objects to control;
Servant Worshipers see those around them as someone for whom Christ died, and desire to know what God is doing in their life and to come alongside what God is doing.

Spiritual Bullies are more concerned with how those with whom they work will affect the reputation as a leader;
Servant Worshipers give their reputations over to God, knowing that God’s evaluation of their actions is of greater importance.

Spiritual Bullies gain their sense of self-worth from their ability to perform;
Servant Worshipers realize that their self worth comes from what God has done in them through Christ.

Spiritual Bullies use people for their own advancement, playing favorites with those who can do the most for that goal;
Servant Worshipers focus on the growth of those within their realm of responsibility, regardless of how much they might be able to advance their position or prestige.

Spiritual Bullies focus on the amount of knowledge they acquire;
Servant Worshipers focus on being able to apply what they know and share what they have learned in a manner that is modeled and understandable.

My prayer is that the influence we have on others reflects the nature and character of Jesus Christ.  Just a few thoughts... 


  1. Respectfully speaking ; this article doesn’t really seem to address the issue of church worship / music leaders that are the bullies .

  2. JDB: Thanks for the comments; I'm sorry it wasn't as clear as I intended. When I mentioned "Spiritual Bullies" I am referring to anyone in leadership, especially those who lead worship. The "Servant Worshipers" are those in leadership who lead by example of a servant heart and contrast the negative response of the "bullies" with a biblical response. I had hoped and intended that in seeing the examples the reader would be able to recognize any of the negative traits them might exhibit and choose to change to the positive one given.