A very warm welcome to our 2017 year of Stable on the Strand. I was recently reflecting on the idea of servant leadership and how it might apply to those of us who form the Stable leadership and working teams. Robert K. Greenleaf, in an essay entitled The Servant as Leader, writes:
The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead… manifests itself in the care taken by the servant – first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.
In Luke 22:27 Jesus himself tells us that He is among us as one who serves, so we are in good company as we aspire to be servants to our city, to our Stable family and to the Stable event. Perhaps we each might take up this challenge as we begin our 2017 journey by taking this question into our prayer and reflection: When people work together with me in this Stable ministry, how might they experience me as servant?
Sr Helen Mary Peters