Kenotic Mysticism and Servant Leadership in the letters of Clare of Assisi to Agnes of Prague
Bekker, Corné J. (Regent University)
Proceedings of the 2005 Servant Leadership Research Roundtable
This paper explores the spirituality and leadership of Clare of Assisi in the letters to Agnes of Prague. Successive repetitive-progressive pattern analysis of the letters to Agnes of Prague places Clare within the domain of servant leader and identifies her leadership values as congruent to Patterson’s theoretical model of servant leadership. Clare’s spirituality is one of appropriation of the kenosis of Jesus Christ. Clare of Assisi links her kenotic mysticism with her practice of servant leadership in an interdependent dynamic system of personal and communal transformation through radical self emptying.