Cleric laments paucity of servant-leaders

By Chinasa Ogbonna


An Anglican cleric has lamented the paucity of servant leaders in our society today.

The Rev. Dr. Festus Opara, Parish Priest of St. Peters Anglican Church, Ikenegbu, Owerri, was delivering a sermon entitled “A call to Servant Leaders” during a church service last Sunday.

Rev. Opara said that this has been responsible for the numerous problems we encounter all over Africa.

He described servant-leadership as a situation the leader serves while leading and at the same time leads through service, noting that the thrust of leadership is service, not to exercise authority.

“A call for leadership is a call to service, but now, when people are appointed into positions of leadership, they think that they have arrived” he lamented.

According to him, a leader should distinguish himself or herself in the area of humility, tolerance, obedience, uprightness and leadership by example.

The cleric regretted that Africa is fraught with leaders without integrity.

He pointed out that leaders should be able to delegate duties as well as impart knowledge to younger ones who have potentials to attain such positions, saying that the young ones are not being mentored because those in high positions are unwilling to quit at the appropriate time.

Rev. Opara, PhD said that there should be no limit to the service leaders render to their people and urged them to exhibit the sense of responsibility as they lead.

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