In serving one another, our role, regardless of position, is to GUIDE people. We serve as facilitators or coaches, working in cooperation with God.
Leaders guide people in living out God’s will. They should understand that it isn’t about telling people what to do, or controlling them, but serving in ways that bring people under Christ’s headship. (Matt. 20:25-28)
Bible teachers guide people into an understanding of God’s Word. They should realize that the Holy Spirit is the real teacher. (Jn. 14:26; 16:13) Whether teaching formally in the classroom or through informal conversation during transitions, while working on projects, before or after class, the teacher’s objective is to point people to God and His Word, not their own thoughts or opinions.
Shepherds (includes pastors, elders, parents, disciplers, etc.) guide people into Christ-likeness. They should know that they can’t actually change people but they can take them to the Chief Shepherd who provides all they need and brings growth. They can be example to the flock. (1 Cor. 3:4-7; 1 Pet. 5:2-3)
People helpers guide people to a compassionate God who deeply loves them enough to send His Son to die for their sins. They should remember that their task isn’t merely to “fix” problems but to fulfill the Great Commission by guiding people to the Source of these demonstrations of love. (Matt. 28:19-20)
Being a guide implies a destination to which you take people. Consider taking people in the following directions: