Servant Leadership Course, DC Trip and Other Trainings
On Fridays, Corps Members receive leadership training in the Servant Leadership model. Servant Leadership is about discovering our true selves, understanding and owning our shadow-sides, and moving toward an authentic self that is in communion with Creator and creation, compassionate with oneself and others, and in alignment with divine power and purpose. Corps Members participate in a nine-week Servant Leadership course, and upon completion of the course, Corps Members have the opportunity to develop and then facilitate a Servant Leadership workshop which is offered to the wider JSC community.
At the conclusion of the Servant Leadership course, corps members visit Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC to experience first-hand how servant leadership practice has created a unique and inspiring faith community.
Throughout the year, Corps Members also participate in trainings and workshops about social justice issues, spiritual practices, and understanding the self, others, and group dynamics. Corps Members attend a two-day anti-racism training each year.
Call and Money
This is a six-week, foundational course is offered in the early winter and is designed to build upon the work of the Fall Servant Leadership class. Call and Money is designed to deepen the Corps Members process of “vocational discernment” by going deeper into the elements of “call” and exploring their personal relationship to “money”. In this course, the Corps Members gain a better understanding of how these two areas can either support, or conflict with “living into” their sense of call and service.
In late spring, Corps Members complete a Praxis Project. For this project, they work together as a group to discern a call to a particular need in the local community, develop a project plan, write a small grant proposal and present it, administer the project, complete a project report, and evaluate and reflect on the whole experience. The Praxis Project is a way to put the values and theory of Servant Leadership into practice in a concrete way and represents the culmination of the Corps Members’ service experience.