Episode 5: St. Francis and Servant Leadership

Bret Schanzenbach

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Bret Schanzenbach is the President and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. He has also spent time professionally as a Real Estate Broker and was in the software industry for several years. Before venturing into the corporate world, Schanzenbach spent seven years as a youth minister. Schanzenbach graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH, earning a BA in Psychology and Theology. He earned his Master’s in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas in 2001. Since leaving fulltime ministry, Schanzenbach has spent over 20 years volunteering in parish ministry and is a Master Catechist for the Diocese of San Diego. He and his wife Joleen reside in Vista, CA. They have been blessed with six children.

Discussion Questions

1. What is one of your favorite qualities of St. Francis of Assisi?
2. Reflect on these words of Jesus: "I did not come to be served, but to serve" (Matt 20:28)
3. Pope Francis has described his approach to leadership as patterning after that modelled by St. Francis. He quotes St. Francis' words: " “Because I am the servant of all, (in Latin, ‘servus omnium’) I am obliged to serve all and to administer the fragrant words of my Lord to them.” How is God inviting you to serve, in areas where you have authority?
4. Think about a challenging leadership problem and ask for the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit to gain insight in how to love, and lead well in that situation.

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