Monday, November 6, 2006

GO TO THE PEOPLE

I've kept a copy of the following statement close at hand since reading it in a newsletter from Michael J. Christensen, who founded the Golden Gate Community in San Francisco. Michael now directs the Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University and has become, along with Rebecca Laird Christensen, one of the leading interpreters and guardians of the work of Henri J. M. Nouwen. He recently related to me that Golden Gate Community is celebrating its 25th anniversary of compassionate ministry. Congratulations! And thanks for your lived example of urban servant leadership across the years, Michael.
Go to the people
Live among them
Love them
Learn from them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have
Teach by showing
Learn by doing
Not to conform, but to transform
Not for relief, but release
And when the best leaders leave
The people will say,
"We have done it ourselves."

-- Dr. Y. C. James Yen of China

2 comments:

  1. I've been getting your Grace Notes E-Journal for years, John, but just now found your blog. Probably because I just became a blogger this year. Really nice Blog, my friend. Love your biker theology and commitment to the world's poor. michael

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  2. I've read your Grace Notes E-Journal for years, John, but just now found your blog. Really fine Blog! I love your biker theology and commitment to the world's poor.

    Let's vote our conscience tomorrow, following the advice of the "Man of the Year."

    michael

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