Podcast Episode #66: Dean Hawk - Servant Leadership

Posted: May 15 2017


Dean is the founding pastor of Rock.  He has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1983 and they have three adult children; Alesha, Allyson and Preston. Since 1981 Dean has served in the full time ministry.  Prior to starting the church in 2004 he served as a Youth and Associate Pastor in three different churches.   Along with his current pastoral duties Dean is also an adjunct professor at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park.




Recognizing Staff Abuse

Staff Abuse: the idea that you can treat people who work for you however you want in the name of serving God.

Common Characteristics of Staff Abuse:

  • demanding, disrespectful leader
  • belittles staff from platform
  • micromanaging & lack of trust
  • failure to delegate
  • not communicating or building relationships with staff
  • not giving appropriate affirmation 

This is not what Jesus modeled to us. Harsh leadership hurts and wounds people. 

We are a reflection of the greatest influence in our life. 


The Servant Leader

If you are going to be a shepherd, you have to “smell like sheep”, spending time with his staff (sheep), even in their messes. 

When you are a servant-leader, it creates a love and desire to follow. 

Leaders set the standard of servitude.  It’s easy to pull the “seniority card” for tasks that seem beneath you, but leading by the example of servitude creates a true desire to follow. 

Bring people in your world and let them see your humanness. 

If you open your heart as a leader, your staff will open their hearts. People need to see that their leader is a real person, a friend. 

“There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13

Advice for People Under a Leader

If you struggle with your leader, it is not your job to change his/her behavior, but you can:

  1. Choose to forgive.
  2. Remember Who you are truly serving.
  3. Pray for your leader.

Be the leader you wish you had.  Break the mold, and demonstrate the leadership you wish you had. 

Express your gratitude and appreciation to your staff. Examples:

  • talk with them one-on-one
  • write a hand-written note
  • take them out to lunch
  • give them an extra day off when they’ve been working a lot

Don’t assume that your staff knows you love & appreciate them just because you do and you're not angry at them, it has to be demonstrated, preferably in their love language. 

Don’t forget to celebrate the victories!


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