Servanthood as Worship
The Privilege of Life in a Local Church
Browse a Christian book website or bookstore and notice all there is for leaders and would-be leaders. There are studies of leaders, keys to leadership, and tips on becoming a leader. Books that promote servanthood tend to be about leadership. But how many books inspire us simply to serve one another?
The appeal of leadership has hijacked the biblical call to servanthood. As a result, we major on a role that will only ever be held by a few, and we largely ignore a role that ought to be held by every Christian. Whatever happened to servanthood?
Servanthood as Worship offers Christians a biblical understanding of their calling to serve in the church, motivated by the grace that is ours in the gospel. It has the potential to revitalize service teams in churches across the world, from church plants to established congregations.
“Think of these pages as a handbook. Put this handbook into the hands of your people and you will give them a sustainable, practical vision for serving in the local church that is powered by grace. Along the way, they will also pick up a mini theological education.” —Justin Buzzard, pastor, San Francisco Bay Area; author, Buzzard Blog
“In our media-crazed, me-first culture, the art of the basin and the towel has been shoved off onto those who get paid to serve – certainly a call to serve in humility can’t be God’s will for all of us, or could it? In this helpful little book, Nate Palmer gets at the heart of our resistance and portrays our dear Savior’s humiliation in his acts of service for us – not only as our example but also as our righteousness. I strongly recommend this book.” —Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Because He Loves Me
About the Author
Nate Palmer and his wife, Steph, moved from San Diego to Dallas in 2005 to help plant Grace Church Frisco in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. They have three young children who keep them humble. After being a management consultant for many years, Nate now works for the software firm SAP. He is currently pursuing his M.A in Religion online from Reformed Theological Seminary. Nate’s artictles have been published in Modern Reformation and Reformed Perspectives Magazine.