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About Us

The Center For Sharing is…

At our core, we are focused on spiritual well-being in four domains (connection to God, Self, Others, and Environment) within place-based communities of practice.  As such, we are asking ourselves these questions:

  • What does spiritual well-being look like in our present chaotic times?
  • What type of leadership nurtures spiritual well-being?
  • What can we do to help prepare leaders to nurture spiritual well-being in our current day?

Leaders are prepared through a process of spiritual formation that includes:  servant leadership development, trauma-informed (healing centered) engagement, and empowered worldview.  We encourage those that want to be about this work to visit the places we are currently practicing.  Our vision is that those that visit, or take a class, will be inspired to join a community of practice or start one that aligns to their call.

Margaret Wheatley said this:

“When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness.  Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.”

When individuals are not able to contribute their God-given gifts, they suffer spiritual disconnection resulting in a loss of meaning and purpose or a sense of belonging.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Mission

Educating, preparing, and walking with leaders who help design, build and grow life-giving communities of practice.

Vision

Within localized, place-based communities of practice, we envision people learning they are children of God, and therefore:  WORTHY OF DIGNITY and DESIGNED WITH A PURPOSE to help in the CARE and HEALING of the world on behalf of our Creator.  As people discover their unique gifts and call in service of the common good, the whole community begins to wake up, heal, grow and flourish.

CFS Servant Leadership Principles

  • Special attention for those being excluded now
  • Mutual respect, support, and accountability
  • Shared leadership
  • Authority around gifts and call
  • Holistic approach to care for the common good (including God, Self, Others, and Environment) to nurture spiritual well-being within flourishing communities
  • Commitment to follow Jesus wherever he leads
  • Speak truth and cherish

HISTORY

Founded

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The Center for Sharing was founded in 1986. A call was sounded in Walla Walla, Washington,  for believers who would serve Christ among vulnerable, under-served groups.  Informal, grassroots-type outreaches of service were organized in the basement of Pioneer United Methodist church.

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The First Move

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By January 1991, we had outgrown the church basement so we moved into the three-story J.C. Penney building we had purchased and remodeled, on Main Street in Walla Walla. We set up individual spaces for outreach programs to become more formalized. We also set up…

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Re-Organization

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IIn 1995, these outreach programs were re-organized as mission groups. A Servant Leadership Development School mission group was formed in order to teach and monitor consistent mission group structure for all programs within the umbrella of Center for Sharing. A goal was put in place…

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First Servant Leadership School

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In 1995, we held our first 9 month “Servant Leadership School” course for existing CFS staff, open to the public as well. (There were 27 participants, split into 3 groups for weekly processing of themes that covered spiritual formation and discipleship training). We were mentored…

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Jubilee Leadership Academy

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In 1996, as a result of this course, a call was sounded to start a more intensive program for healing for teens who were not flourishing in their home communities. Jubilee Leadership Academy opened its doors as a residential program with boys from around the…

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Expansion

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January 1, 1997 we continued on with offering Servant Leadership classes to the public. Many participants came as a result of being clients of the various service programs offered at CFS. Other ministries began to be birthed. During the next few years 9 month courses…

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Probing a new location

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By 1998, CFS trustees began to sense that CFS should consider moving to a needier region. A branch office was opened in Pasco in order to explore a possible presence in the Tri-Cities area.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Cheryl Broetje

Executive Director

Glenn Cross

Servant Leadership Manager

Eric Sobotta

Operating Director

Nevresa Beganovic

Administrative Assistant

Shaunee Hooper

Cafe Manager in Training

Antonio Escalera

Maintenance Coordinator