Leadership and Service


Selected Reading

Quick Quotes

It is by no means a matter of indifference how I myself or my hand, just as other selves and other hands, are being used. The greatness that fills and surrounds my smallnesses and other smallnesses wants to use everything, even the most insignificant, for its service, if only it is ready to be used in the right proportion.

- Eberhard Arnold

We have, each in a different way, a gift and a service to perform for the body of the Church; and we need the services and gifts of others, as they need ours. We must go forward. The word of the Spirit must become ever more clear and sharp, the expression of love more pure and tender.

- Eberhard Arnold

Your life will have a kind of perfection, although you will not be a saint. The perfection will consist in this: you will be very weak and you will make many mistakes; you will be awkward, for you will be poor in spirit and hunger and thirst for justice. You will not be perfect, but you will love. This is the gate and the way. Whatever you desire for yourself, wish the same for others. If you expect something from people, give the same to them. There is nothing greater than love. There is nothing more holy than love. There is nothing more true than love, nothing more real. So let us hand our lives over to love and seal the bond of love.

- Eberhard Arnold

Additional Reading for Leadership and Service

Salt and Light
Seventeen challenging talks and essays on the Sermon on the Mount, by a writer who believes their demands are viable and inescapable – and must be lived out today.
A Testimony to Church Community
For a concise, readable introduction to a man who, in his search for Christ, spent his life turning conventional Christianity on its head living in Christian community, this little ebook is a good place to start.
Why We Live in Community
With two interpretive talks by Thomas Merton, this little book describes the great adventure of faith shared by those who are willing to trade isolation for companionship, and will further inspire those already traveling the road to community.
Eberhard Arnold: Writings Selected
Whether you’ve never read Eberhard Arnold before, or have already been profoundly affected by one of his books, this introductory selection from many of his important works will surprise and challenge you.