What is true servant-leadership?
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
The greatest leader of all time was also the greatest servant – Jesus Christ. At City School our motto is LOVE TO LEARN, LEARN TO LEAD, LEAD TO SERVE. There is a natural progression in this phrase that gets at the heart of being a student of God’s world and a servant to His people. We ALL are called to learn about God and His truth and to lay down our lives for others, regardless of our particular age or station in life.
Love to Learn – Children are natural learners, and the early years of a child’s life are filled with incredibly rapid knowledge acquisition and skill development. All too often, however, schools accidentally squelch children’s curiosity and love of learning. At City School we apply specific strategies to foster the God-given curiosity and love of learning that all children possess.
Learn to Lead – Leaders often are thought of as being out-in-front, the point-person, but that’s only part of a bigger picture. Before one can lead others effectively, one must learn to lead oneself. Toward that end we consistently work with students to develop habits of attention, respect, and self-control. We all are called to be leaders, even if only of ourselves at first.
Lead to Serve -True leadership of others involves service and sacrifice: it’s being out in front and being on your knees to serve your fellow man. It’s thinking more highly of others than you think of yourself; it’s laying down your life for your friends. At City School we have an increasing progression of service opportunities & requirements as students get older, so they learn by experience that in the Christian faith leadership and service are inextricably linked. We pray and work toward all our students loving to learn, learning to lead, and leading to serve.