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The 2017 Global Servant Leadership Symposium

Learning from the experiences of Co-Serve partners from around the world who are endeavouring to develop servant leaders and build communities based on the values of servant leadership.

Symposium Overview

We at Co-Serve International believe that the world is in great need of leaders.  As Warren Bennis said, “... it is increasingly difficult to find men and women of vision who are willing to stand on principle and make their voices heard.  One has to wonder, where have all the leaders gone?”

We see a global leadership crisis – where leadership has become synonymous with power, position and control in the name of profit, production and efficiency, not to mention greed and self-promotion.  In many places of the world, no other leadership paradigm can even be imagined.  Even those that curse their leaders resort to the same leadership tactics when given even a small amount of power.

Yet, there is a different way.  This is an ancient way found in the world’s great religions.  It is a way taught and modelled by Jesus, who said, “I came not to be served but to serve others,” and “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”  This is a way that remembers the great values of people and relationships.  This way is radically different than the power model of leadership – it is a way of love and service, where leadership is about empowering people to find their purpose and to become all that they can be.  This way of “servant leadership” has resurfaced in modern times, thanks to the writings of Robert Greenleaf, including his essay, “The Servant as Leader.”

Servant leadership is not “soft” leadership.  In fact, it is the strongest of leaders who can decide to put aside their selfish ambitions and live according to the values of people and relationships.  Nor is servant leadership about giving people whatever they want.  It is, instead, about understanding and meeting people’s needs and helping them to grow.  We are encouraged by a growing number of businesses and communities that we know around the world that are thriving as they help their own people to grow and thrive.

Since 2004, Co-Serve International has had the privilege of modelling and teaching the principles of servant leadership at places of learning around the world, including in the countries of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Nigeria.  In August, 2017, Co-Serve will be gathering its key global partners from these countries, to learn from their experiences as they endeavour to develop servant leaders and build communities that are based on the values of servant leadership.

On Saturday, August 12, in Portland, Oregon these partners will be sharing their experiences in a unique public forum – the 2017 Global Servant Leadership Symposium.  For those interested in learning more about the experiences and challenges of changing the culture of leadership in a global scale, this symposium is for you.  And, you are invited!

Symposium Details


The Symposium will be held at:

Providence Willamette Falls Community Center
519 15th St.
Oregon City, OR 97045

Free Parking is available.


The Symposium will be held from 2:30 to 7:15pm, including a dinner program.

A general reception will begin at 2:00pm.  For those who cannot stay for the dinner program, the main symposium will end at 5:30pm.


2:30 to 5:30 pm - Presentations from six regions of the world on the experiences of teaching and implementing servant leadership principles (including time for questions and answers and a short coffee break).

5:30 to 6:00 pm - Networking and individual questions with representatives from Co-Serve International and its partners from six regions of the world.  Eight table presentations will be available for viewing and for further discussions.

6:00 to 7:15 pm - Dinner and dinner program, including stories from those who have been impacted from Co-Serve’s work around the world  The dinner will be a buffet pasta dinner with gluten free options.


Tickets to the symposium and dinner are free.   You can reserve tickets for the symposium and dinner (from 2:30 to 7:15pm) or for the symposium only (from 2:30 to 5:30pm), for those who cannot attend the dinner.  Reserve your tickets now on our Eventbrite Page.

Sponsorship Opportunity


Co-Serve International is seeking business and individual sponsors to help support the costs of the 2017 Global Servant Leadership Symposium.  Sponsors will help us to gather our partners from around the world and operate the symposium.  Sponsors will be recognized on Co-Serve’s on-line and print materials and during the symposium. Recommended sponsorship levels are at $250, $500 and $1,000.

Clicking on the "Donate" button below will take you to Co-Serve's PayPal payment page for our Symposium Sponsors, where you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account.  Enter your donation amount on the page.  Charges will appear on your credit card statement as "CO-SERVE."

For more information about making a donation, please feel free to write to us at: The Marshall Christensen Foundation DBA Co-Serve International, with federal tax identification #93-1230131, is a tax exempt non-profit organization under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; it is also classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(2) of the Code.  All donations to Co-Serve International to sponsor the 2017 Global Servant Leadership Symposium are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.

The 2017 Global Servant Leadership Symposium will be held in the beautiful facilities of the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center.