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The Cal Turner Jr. Center for Church Leadership is excited to announce a new alum award to be given yearly. The award entitled the Servant Leadership Award will be given to a Martin Methodist alumnus who best exemplifies the qualities of a servant leader.
Robert Greenleaf who wrote an essay entitled, “The Servant as Leader” which enabled the corporate world to take notice of the concept of servant leadership has described servant leadership in this way: “The servant-leader is servant first, it begins with a natural feelingthat one wants to serve, to serve first, as opposed to, wanting power, influence, fame or wealth.” The award has a three-part criteria: Mercy (acts of benevolence and/or compassion to others in the community); Justice (conformity to the principles of righteousness and rectitude in all things); and Servant Leadership. The threefold criteria will be used to evaluate those nominated by the selection committee. Anyone can nominate Martin Methodist alumnus for the award. Nominations should include contact information for both the nominator and the nominee; a brief essay about why the person is being nominated related to the 3 fold criteria; and if possible a vita of the person nominated related to the 3 fold criteria.
Servant Leadership was been an emphasis of Martin Methodist College under the leadership of President Brown for the past six years. Servant leadership is being emphasized at the college through the Martin Serves initiative under the direction of Brandi Belcher which currently partners with over two dozen community agencies in the area; through the freshman program under the leadership of Greta Henglein; and through the leadership of College Chaplain, Rev. Laura Kirkpatrick.