The School in Memphis began in 1997 by an ecumenical group of lay and clergy leaders. Then, the School offered an average of two classes a term. Now, there are about eight classes each semester. Classes are free and we regularly partner with others to support events which further our mission; to raise up Christian servant leaders for the church and the world, and in doing so, recall the church to its vocation to participate in the transforming prophetic work of Jesus in the world.
Through our mission we:
- Offer classes twice a year to lead people to discern their gifts and call.
- Embrace contextual Bible Study and the other disciplines of silence, prayer, care of the earth and our bodies, community, study stewardship and Sabbath.
- Provide resources to move from discernment of call to just action.
- Seek to dismantle power privilege and racism in ourselves, our partners, institutions and community.
- Undertake this process in community partnerships and classes embedded in churches.
The School is a 501 (c) 3 that does not seek government funding and relies on individual, private, and faith based donations to support our ministry. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated.
BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
A “CHRISTIAN SERVANT LEADER” heeds the call to:
- Serve as an intentional follower of Jesus and the servant life to which Jesus calls us.
- Love others as God loves us.
- Participate in committed Christian community in relationships of mutual exchange and healthy interdependence.
- Commit to intentionally dismantle power and privilege in ourselves and in our institutions.
- Engage in courageous and sacrificial living in solidarity with those made poor and pushed to the margins.
LIVING THE VISION
Classes are designed to challenge us to live the Gospel for our sake and for the world.
At our core is covenantal life of prayer, scripture reading, stewardship and mutual dynamic peer relationship with people made poor or pushed to the margins. We acknowledge that poverty and marginalization are systemic and that many remain poor that others live abundantly.
We believe life in the covenant transforms our relationship with Jesus. The covenant is an inward journey of contemplation, prayer, study, and sacrificial service to and in the world.
On the journey, class attendance, attention to God’s call, life as an instrument of God’s peace, we yearn to be “repairers of the breach and restorers of the streets to live in.” Isaiah 58:12
The Memphis School of Servant Leadership is one of many independently run Schools of Servant Leadership around the country. The first Servant Leadership School was founded in 1986 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Church of the Saviour’s goal to begin a “seminary for all people.”