We nurture the teaching and practice of Servant Leadership through two initiatives — locally through the Center for Sharing’s Collegium Cafe; and globally through our Partners in Authentic Community (PAC) Initiative.
The Center for Sharing’s Collegium Cafe
The Center for Sharing was founded in Walla Walla in 1986, with a mission to call forth the gifts of all people through Christ-centered community. Ten years later, the first nine-month Servant Leadership School was held with 27 participants, inspiring the birth of many initiatives.
Today, the Center is located in ‘The Collegium’ building, which was built in 2008 in the community of Tierra Vida. Through the Collegium Cafe, staff provides a gathering place for people to work, learn together, and share in the practice of servant leadership. The Cafe not only serves great food and coffee, but also offers a Work Study program for young employees that places an emphasis on individual skill building and accountability in a supportive environment.
To read more about the Collegium Cafe, their programs, and their stories of impact, CLICK HERE!
Partners in Authentic Community (PAC)
Drawing from our lived experiences in community over the past 30 years, we recognize the power of institutions to create safe spaces for people to connect and grow. As such, we have helped birth a network of servant-led organizations who continue to practice in specific places and learn from one another. We call this network Partners in Authentic Community (PAC).
In 2015, we hosted the inaugural meeting of the PAC group, bringing together leaders of both for-profit and non-profit entities. Each member has been trained in our Servant Leadership methodology and commits to a common approach to service that is place-based, trauma-informed, and grounded in mutual learning:
- Broetje Orchards: committed to “Bearing Fruit that will Last” in the workplace and in the community
- Vista Hermosa: a trauma-informed community serving farm-working families of Broetje Orchards
- Community Alliance for Service and Advancement (CASA) LLC: developer of the Tierra Vida community
- Jubilee Leadership Academy: a residential school for boys and training center for Trauma Informed Care
- Centro de Compartimiento: a residential leadership program for indigenous women in Oaxaca, Mexico
- Shepherd’s Home of Servant Leadership: intentional community of service and learning in the Philippines
We host on-going opportunities for support and mentoring across this network. Members connect throughout the year and meet annually for mutual learning and support.
International participants of our annual PAC Retreat
The Test of a Servant Leader
Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? – Robert Greenleaf
Servant leadership offers a spiritual foundation to align the work we do in the world with God’s vision for healing, restoration and wholeness in that place. Organizations become more life-giving when each member is engaged in meaningful work that serves the good of all. This happens as we learn to share our personal stories and integrate them into the organizational story, which in turn plays a role in God’s story. It has been said that where your deep gladness and the world’s great need intersects is found one’s call or vocation.
The Call to Community: Fruits of Servant Leadership Magazine
In 2017 we released our first publication! It features stories from our founding PAC members and offers an inspiring look into how these communities have grown and flourished.
Click the link below for a pdf version, or contact us for more information on how to obtain a copy.
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