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What is a Servant Leader? A servant leader is one who has accepted Christ as their personal savior
and is committed to Christian discipleship. Servant leaders are followers of Christ who have a
desire and commitment to share the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ. They inspire, envision and
become agents of change. They desire to serve others and promote an agenda that will glorify God.
At the age of 17, Bishop Richard Allen accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. From the point of
his conversion, Bishop Allen began to evangelize and break the chains of slavery. He dedicated his
life to being a servant leader who used his influence to establish the Free African Society (FAS) and
the AME Church. The mission of the AME Church was based on the teachings of Christ to preach the
gospel, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide homes for the homeless and encourage thrift
and economic development. Bishop Allen, and the early leaders of the AME Church, sought to be
servant leaders.
Over 230 years later, members of the AME church are still called to be servant leaders. Lay leaders
are called to go beyond the walls of our Zion to seek and save those who are lost. We are called to
demonstrate the love of Christ in all that we do.
A servant leader is defined as one who puts the needs of others first. As servant Lay Leaders, we
are called to be stewards, trustees, church school teachers, musicians, and officers in our Lay
organizations. We are called to give the best of our time, talent and tithes for the building of God’s