Servant leaders in the community

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana :: Logos Hope crewmembers encourage Sekondi police officers to be servant leaders to those they protect.

Nearly 50 officers from the Sekondi police force in Ghana assembled for a programme by a Logos Hope team. The theme was ‘servant-heartedness,’ in line with the force’s own motto of ‘service with integrity.’ More than 70% of the country’s population is Christian, so the team hoped to bless the officers, many of whom are brothers and sisters in Christ, and to bring a message to encourage them in their work in the community.

While sharing his personal testimony, Stu McQueen (United Kingdom) talked of his old workplace where he saw everyone doing whatever was necessary to get ahead. When he was later given a leadership role, Stu explained that he took to heart Jesus’s words in Mark 9:35, 'Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last and the servant of all.' “I changed my attitude from 'I want to be the best' to 'I want the people who work for me to be the best,'” recalled Stu. “It changed the atmosphere in the workplace. People actually wanted to come to work every day.”

Before coming to the ship, crewmember Dirk Kooij (Netherlands) served with the Royal Netherlands Navy. “You have a great job. You are the example in society,” said Dirk, who related with the responsibility that comes with wearing a uniform and being in the public eye. He encouraged the officers to use their position to be a model to those around them.

Following the programme, the team sat down to have one-on-one conversations with the officers. Another crewmember talked with a regional commander who told him he hopes to share the message they heard from the team with others who were not there. “If you came back in a year’s time,” the commander said, “we want you to see that we’ve progressed, that we’re changing, that we are a role model not just for police in Ghana, but for other police.” He hopes the team's message of serving with integrity, being a role model and living out what the Bible says will influence others around the world.

 

By Rebecca G