History and Information

angel tree resizedThe Francis Center for Servant Leadership was established in 1999 as an instrument for connecting Pfeiffer University to the community and the world through engaging and meaningful service. Pfeiffer sought to strengthen its identity as a United Methodist-related university by becoming a reflection of John Wesley's charge to “love God and one another.”

The combination of this principle and a desire to serve the university community led to the refining of Pfeiffer's focus to “prepare servant leaders for lifelong learning.” By finding ways to integrate service and academics into one experience, Pfeiffer hopes that students are inspired to make decisions that lead to successful lives of meaningful work and service.

How do we define Servant Leadership?
"Servant Leadership begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are being served. The best test is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? At its core, servant leadership is a long-term, transformational approach to life and work - in essence, a way of being that has the potential for creating positive change throughout our society." -Robert Greenleaf

What is the Francis Center?
The Francis Center coordinates Pfeiffer University's service scholarship programs and volunteers. The Bonner AmeriCorps and Francis Scholar programs involve community service for varying educational awards. The Francis Center helps place students in partnerships with the surrounding communities and works with faculty and staff members to incorporate service learning in the Pfeiffer curriculum. The Francis Center also coordinates educational programs such as Campus Week of Dialogue, Hunger and Homelessness Week and Servant Leadership Week.

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