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Category: Obedience
The “Boy” Jesus: A Servant Leader

Digging deeper into Luke 2:41-52 (“12-yr. old Jesus in the temple”), what is meant by the term “boy Jesus”? If Jesus was asking questions why were the teachers amazed at His answers? Considering Jesus’ obedience to His parents in this story what is meant by His words later in Luke 14:26…that in order to come to Him one must hate father and mother?

Belong, Believe, Behave

Does the “Emerging Church” have a point in allowing “developing” disciples, like Jesus did, to belong first, before requiring all the correct beliefs and behaviors? When I study Jesus’ discipleship method I see a reversal of our common approach of “behave, believe, belong” to “belong, believe, and behave.” In the context of belonging, our beliefs and behaviors begin to change as we become more like Christ.

Is Love Defined by Obedience?

Is love defined by obedience? In other words, does an action of obedience define my love for God? After all, Jesus did say, “If you love Me, keep My commands” (John 14:15).

Imagine a person suffering from a high temperature as a result of the flu. You take that person’s temperature and with a fever of 104 degrees immediately dunk them in an ice bath and rush them off to the hospital. Clearly this person is very sick and in need of medical help! Now imagine taking the temperature of a second person who has just emerged from a Russian Banya after lying in a tanning bed preceded by a prolonged dip in some nearby volcanic hotsprings. You get the point; that person’s temperature may also register around 104! But this person does not have the same condition as the fever-strickened.

In John 3:16 we first note that God is the source of all love and that secondly love is fleshed out in the action of giving (“God so loved that He gave…”). We might conclude that God’s love is defined by the gift of His Son to us. Perhaps a better observation, however, is that love precedes the action. While an action flows out of that love, the love that precedes it is primary and deeper than the action. We might say that the following deed of giving is an act that illuminates the former.

Consider the nursing staff at a hospital. Medical workers are required to help and care for a variety of patients regardless of their genuine concern or love for the afflicted. They simply provide various actions of medical welfare without any obligation to love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 clearly states that one can do all types of actions that might resemble love yet clang like a cymbal or resounding gong. A volunteer at the local food pantry might minister all day long to the down and out and then upon returning home yell at his wife and slap his child. A supposed follower of Christ may do all the right things, wear all the right clothes, and go to all the right places, yet remain outside the love of God. Shallow activism and legalism can be the result when one attempts to define love by action, and more to the point—obedience.

Back to our first example. Anyone can display a “high temperature” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s symptomatic of one’s true condition. We’re thus faced with perhaps a deeper and more profound question: Have our hearts truly been renewed in the love of God? Do our actions and signs of obedience truly flow from a love that originates with the Father?

Furthermore, what is meant by obeying the commands of Jesus? Considering the importance of context we might wish to take a deeper look at John 13:34-35. Truly loving our brother and sister may in fact be the obedience required of us, the “commands” of Christ. Romans 13:8-10 would certainly support this: “love is the fulfillment of the law” (10b). But how can I love another without the love of Christ first saturating my soul? Precisely the point! If I’m not truly immersed in the love of God…if I’m not consistently and constantly basking in the unconditional love of the Father…then I truly cannot love my brothers and sisters redemptively and nor will religious rituals and outward manifestations prove my love for God.

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A room featuring a multi-media projector with 3000 lumens or greater is preferred for all events. I will use my own projector when one is not available. Please note that for most presentations and workshops I need my laptop at the front of the venue from where I’ll be speaking. My system can accommodate VGA/HDMI cables. I can also supply an Apple TV for systems that require wireless projection from the front. Most of my presentations are designed for widescreen (16:9).

For audio I prefer a lapel or Countryman microphone. For presentation/video audio I can supply my own speaker for groups under 100 people. For larger groups I need a mic cord (to plug into my direct box) or an audio cable (3.5mm mini stereo) that plugs directly into my laptop.

Replace lecterns and pulpits with a small table or stand on which to place a laptop. Standard telescoping music stands are ideal.

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An eight-foot table should be available on which to place books, CDs, DVDs, and other resources for sale. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted.


I do not charge a set fee when speaking at non-profit events. However, donations are welcome to support my family and cover bills. The suggested donation amount is $500/day for each day I’m on the trip plus travel expenses. If I’m within a few hours of an event I will drive (suggested reimbursement of $250), otherwise, I typically fly (if within the USA, $500). I fly out of Chicago, IL and typically purchase my own tickets; a reimbursement check made out to “Luke Kuepfer” can be mailed to 725 Newgate Lane, Apartment C, Prospect Heights, IL 60070.


I’d be delighted to come to your event and speak. I typically keep my events within a 1-3 day time period due to commitments to my family; anything over this length of time is generally reserved for international travel. Workshops can be facilitated as whole-day or half-day events. My multi-part series can be easily held over a weekend, beginning Friday night and ending Sunday morning or beginning Sunday morning and ending Monday evening.

About MeAbout Me

Speaker, author, and life coach.

Born in Ontario, Canada, I moved to El Salvador at age 4 to live as a missionary kid for three years. At age nineteen I moved to Alberta, Canada where I taught school for three years. After leading several short term teams to Asia focused on unreached people groups, I married Amy from Northern Indiana and lived in that area for a year and a half. In 1997, we moved with our infant daughter Brittany to Thailand where I served as
director of Global Tribes Outreach. During our ten-year stint in Southeast Asia, God blessed us with two more children—Courtney and Jamin. In 2008 we moved back to North America and bought our first house in Kentucky, USA. I acquired a Masters in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2014 and began to travel both domestically and internationally to develop leaders. In 2019, with all three of our children in college and our eldest married, Amy and I moved to Prospect Heights, IL. Amy works for Prayercast and I continue to develop leaders in both the business and non-profit arenas.

As a leadership developer and life coach I help non-profit and business leaders understand how to maximize their God-given potential to lead and serve others. I am the author of A Serving Leader’s Devotional and the President of the Reverb Network.


I’ve spoken broadly on personal & global mission, leadership, team building, and numerous Biblical subjects over the last 20 years on four continents and numerous states and provinces in the USA and Canada.

I am committed to a Biblical worldview and dedicated to motivating the church toward missional thinking and practice in all areas of life. I believe that everyone has a God-given purpose to love and serve others like Jesus. I firmly believe that having our thinking challenged is not enough; it must be translated into change.


I have heard from other staff members who agree with me, this was one of the best/productive workshops we've attended.

Dan Domer
Staff Member, Covenant Church, Winterville, NC

Your talk rocked my world.  

Qian Wang
Perspectives Student, College Station, TX

Luke Kuepfer’s high-energy presentation of the material was delightful, articulate, and profound! If you are looking for a fresh and life-changing look at Jesus’ servant leadership model, look no further! Give Luke a call!

Don Showalter
President, Hearts Alive!

Luke is a dynamic speaker with the gift of clearly articulating Biblical truths in an easy-to-understand manner. He speaks in humility but with authority, and injects his message with the experience and global perspective gained from living abroad as a missionary for many years.

Santosh David Poonen
Elder, River of Life Christian Fellowship, Loveland, CO

Luke’s enthusiasm and passion for the local church and its impact in the community is inspiring. I highly recommend his teaching and ministry!  

Clarence Miller
Deacon, Sharon Mennonite Church

“Transformational” is the one word I would use to describe the seminar. Luke has a true gift in communicating God’s truths with clarity and passion.

Joe Bacher
Pastor, Foothills Fellowship Westminster, SC

Luke is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, presenting the interactive material creatively. It is a unique presentation unlike the usual “leadership seminars” taught from the front. Luke presents it with expertise, fun, and interest in each attendee.

David Livingstone
Regional Manager, North-East & Mid-Atlantic Region, The JESUS Film Project

Luke really has an incredible way of captivating everyone’s attention and making a seminar meaningful. He speaks from his heart and lives what he preaches. As a result of this Encounter we’re taking our family to Southeast Asia on a two-month mission trip with the possibility of moving there long-term.

Lloyd & Mary Ellen Esh
Pastor, New Covenant Mennonite Fellowship New Holland, PA



Years Lived Abroad
Countries Visited
14-ers Climbed in CO
Places Lived
2014 - 2020


Presentations and workshops in both non-profit and business venues around the world on leadership, people skills, and life purpose.

2011- 2013


Masters Degree in Christian Leadership.

2009 - 2010


Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies.

1997 - 2008


Founded and served as Field Director of Global Tribes Outreach (GTO), a non-profit organization based in Southeast Asia committed to church planting and social work.

1994 - 1996


Floor finishing in concrete construction and equipment operator on a cash crop farm.

1990 - 1993


Taught elementary through high school students in a self-directed learning environment.