Servanthood as Worship: The Privilege of Life in a Local Church (Palmer)

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Cruciform Press
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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.

Table of Contents:

  1. Service: The Ministry of All Believers
  2. Lineage: Service Began with God in Christ
  3. Context: The Local Church is Our Base for Service
  4. Glory: God’s Character and Works
  5. Appreciation: I can Serve Because I Appreciate Who God Is, Who I Am, and What He Has Done for Me
  6. Adoration: I Can Serve as I Desire and Enjoy God’s Active Presence
  7. Affection: I can Serve Motivated by Love for the Saved and Unsaved



Nate Palmer and his wife, Steph, moved from San Diego to Dallas in 2005 to help plant Grace Church Frisco. They have three young kids 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.



“…forces us to rethink both the church and our relationship to her….I heartily recommend it.” – Derek W. H. Thomas, Reformed Theological Seminary

“…a sustainable, practical vision for serving in the local church that is powered by grace…a mini theological education.”  – Justin Buzzard, pastor, San Francisco Bay Area

“To serve in humility can’t be God’s will for us all…could it?”  – Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Because He Loves Me