Through the teachings of Servant Leadership, we mentor a global network of organizations committed to one another as Partners in Authentic Community (PAC).
Partners in Authentic Community (PAC) Initiative
Drawing from our lived experiences in the Vista Hermosa community over the past 25 years, we recognize the power of truly living in authentic relationship with others. As such, we have helped birth a network of servant-led organizations who continue to nurture and learn from one another. We call this network Partners in Authentic Community (PAC).
In 2015, we hosted the inaugural meeting of the PAC Initiative. Bringing together leaders of both for-profit and non-profit entities, we are a global network of servant-led organizations committed to the growth of resilient, flourishing communities. Each member has been trained in our Servant Leadership methodology and commits to a common approach to service:
- Placed-based: immersed in community and focused on the most vulnerable. Servant leadership turns leadership into a territory, a field of action in which people use their gifts and skills to serve the mission of the enterprise and its people.
- Compassion-based: informed by the NEAR Sciences of trauma and resilience. We believe that people grow best when they feel safe, valued, and accepted by those around them.
- Learning-based: committed to life-long and mutual growth in awareness and knowledge about how to care for and steward ourselves, one another and places we belong to and care for.
Vista Hermosa Foundation hosts on-going opportunities for support and mentoring for the PAC group. Members network throughout the year and meet annually for mutual learning and support in the work of raising up a new cadre of servant leaders and servant-led entities in the world who long to serve God’s dream.
The Call to Community: Fruits of Servant Leadership Magazine
We just released our first publication! It features stories from all eight members of our PAC Initiative and offers an inspiring look into how these communities have grown and flourished.
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Our goal is to prepare and develop servant leaders who, in the words of Henri Nouwen, will live a life of prayer, confession and forgiveness in community, connected with a life of service among the excluded and marginalized. This we believe to be our best contribution to the nurturing of safe, more inclusive, life-giving and flourishing societies.
Servant Leadership Development
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 Foundation’s Servant Leadership Development Department offers ongoing training and mentoring to organizations pursuing a deeper connection to God’s call on their lives.