Seeker and Servant. Reflections on Religious Leadership. J-B US non-Franchise Leadership

  • ID: 2215395
  • Book
  • Region: United States
  • 364 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Visionary Robert K. Greenleaf′s remarkable career as a writer, consultant, and lecturer spanned more than fifty years. In addition to his other achievements –– including founding the Center for Applied Ethics, now known as the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant–Leadership –– Greenleaf′s servant–leadership model has had a profound influence on contemporary spiritual leaders.

Jossey–Bass Publishers presents Seeker and Servant, a collection of original essays that expand on Greenleaf′s servant–leadership theme. This collection offers thought–provoking ideas on how religious institutions and individuals can serve in a more caring way by applying the ideas and ideals of Greenleaf′s servant–leadership vision –– a model in which Greenleaf describes true leaders as those who lead by serving others, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Seeker and Servant demonstrates the scope of Greenleaf′s influence on contemporary religious leadership. These insightful essays examine Greenleaf′s core belief that churches should be the most useful change agents in our society, and they explore how seminaries could play a vital role in energizing church leadership. The book details the importance of the development of personal spirituality and how an individual′s spirituality is related to becoming a servant–leader within a religious institution. The essays also offer reflections and recommendations on the issue of giving and receiving gifts of money and ask that the larger questions of giving –– rather than simply to whom and how much to give –– should be of paramount consideration. In the afterword, three colleagues who worked closely with Greenleaf share their recollections, which paint a very personal portrait of Greenleaf, the man, and a professional picture of Greenleaf, the institution watchman.

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Part One: Nurturing the Sprit: the Challenges of Religious Leadership

Religious Leaders as Seekers and Servants

The Servant as Nurturer of the Human Spirit

Spirituality as Leadership

The Servant as Gradualist

Types of Leaders

An Opportunity for a Powerful New Religious Influence

Part Two: Leaders as Inspirited Persons

The Collapse of Civilization: A Fantasy

Reflections on Spirit

Seeing Things Whole

Images of Great Spirits

Pope John XXIII: Nurturer of Spirits

Talking and Listening

Being Who You Are

Part Three: Seminary, Church, Foundation: Reflections on Religious Institutions


Religious Leadership for These Times

Theology: A Concern for the Conditions Under Which the Human Spirit Flowers

The Need for a Theology of Institutions

The Seminary as Institution

A New Role for Seminaries

Critical Thought and Seminary Leadership

The Trustee Chairperson: Nurturer of the Human Spirit

Toward a Gentle Revolution Ministry to the Strong

The Inner–City Church as Servant to Its Community

A Servant–Led Society

Part Four: Toward the Caring Community: Reflections on Seeking, Giving, and Receiving

The Search and the Seeker

On Being a Seeker in the Late Twentieth Century

Lost Knowledge

A Lifeline of Ideas

Our Indian Experience: What It Suggests About Giving

Giving and Receiving Gifts of Money

Is It More Blessed to Give Than to Receive?

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"Those of us lucky to have known Greenleaf knew him to be a graceful man and experienced his ideas as a call to leadership through serving. Seeker and Servant continues his creative mystery: it speaks not only about leadership but calls you to be a healing, leading influence in your society. This book is an invitation to become colleague in the liberation of the human spirit." ––Loren B. Mead, former director, Alban Institute, and author of Transforming Congregations for the Future

"Here is the complete Greenleaf. Even after decades of working closely with him, I discovered a richness of spirit and thought that I had not seen before." ––Robert Wood Lynn, instructor, Bangor Theological Seminary
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