History

The Servant Leadership School is one of the Jubilee Ministries founded by The Church of the Saviour. We are inspired by and deeply rooted in The Church of the Saviour’s tradition of Christian education, worship, commitment, and service.

The Church of the Saviour was founded as an ecumenical Christian church on October 19, 1947, when nine people committed themselves to membership, repeating the following commitment:

  • I come today to join a local expression of the Church, which is the body of those on whom the call of God rests to witness to the grace and truth of God
  • I recognize that the function of the Church is to glorify God in adoration and a sacrificial service, and to be God’s missionary to the world, bearing witness to God’s redeeming grace in Jesus Christ.
  • I believe as did Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
  • I unreservedly and with abandon commit my life and destiny to Christ, promising to give Him a practical priority in all the affairs of life. I will seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.
  • I commit myself, regardless of the expenditures of time, energy, and money to becoming an informed, mature Christian.
  • I believe that God is the total owner of my life and resources. I give God the throne in relation to the material aspect of my life. God is the owner. I am the ower. Because God is a lavish giver, I too shall be lavish and cheerful in my regular gifts.
  • I will seek to be Christian in all relations with my fellowman, with other nations, groups, classes and races.
  • I will seek to bring every phase of my life under the Lordship of Christ.
  • When I move from this place I will join some other expression of the Christian Church.

Since that time, the structures of the Church’s life have changed shape several times following the leading of God’s Spirit. In the period from 1976 to 1995, a number of sister communities formed under the umbrella of The Church of the Saviour. In October of 1995 that umbrella was dismantled and eight of the churches existing at that time are now legally separate entities.

 The basic principles of The Church of the Saviour are lived out in each of the churches formed from its roots. These principles include:

  • A serious commitment to following Jesus
  • A faithful, disciplined life of prayer and scripture study
  • Active, hands-on involvement, in response to God’s call, to address some area of need in our broken world
  • Faithfulness to the covenant of one’s particular small church

Churches that have grown out of The Church of the Saviour include Church of the Servant Jesus, Covenant Community, Dayspring Church, Eighth Day Church, Festival Church, Friends of Jesus Church, Jubilee Church, Lazarus Church, New Community Church, Potter’s House Church, Seekers Community, and Wounded Music Faith Community. All emphasize a commitment to an inward journey—deepening one’s relationship with God—and an outward journey—mission and service. A complete listing of the places and times of worship for these churches is available in the Resources section. As in the beginning days of The Church of the Saviour, the faith communities that have emerged are ever-evolving and continually seeking how to be authentically Christ’s body – how to be the truly transforming church for this age. We invite you to explore with us.