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About Us

The Center For Sharing is…

A faith-based, experiential learning community around the teaching and practice of servant leadership.

Offering safe spaces in which you as an individual and/or group can explore joining others as co-catalysts for transformation in both.  This work fosters social justice while creating deeper meaning, connection, and purpose in your life, community, and world.

We are part of a growing global movement made up of small groups and large organizations of all kinds who are committed to the principle that life is sacred, and therefore, as part of God’s creation, everyone counts, is worthy of respect and has a part to play in caring for the whole of creation.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this:

“any community who allows unemployed people to remain within it, will eventually perish because of them.”

When individuals are unemployed, whether at the level of physical work or spiritual work, they can experience a loss of meaning and purpose or 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

Calling forth the gifts of all people through Christ-centered community.

Vision

That through the teaching of servant leadership people would be “healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, and more likely themselves to serve…” – Robert Greenleaf

Values

Community

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this: “any community who allows unemployed people to remain within it, will eventually perish because of them.” When individuals are unemployed, whether at the level of physical work or spiritual work, they can experience a loss of meaning and purpose or 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)

Inspiration

“If you can raise the spirit of the people, they will lead themselves.” (2 Timothy 1:6)

Respect

“All people are created in the image of God.” (Genisis 1:27) Therefore, all are worthy of respect.

Empowerment

1 Cor. 12:7 says: “now to each one a manifestation of the Spirit has been given for the common good.” Our job is to help each other discover what that is and put it to work in service of building for God’s kingdom and a better society.

Service

But the greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11). Service to others is both responsibility and joy

HISTORY

1986

Founded

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A call was sounded in Walla Walla, for believers who would serve Christ among the poor and marginalized. Informal, grassroots-type outreaches of service were organized in the basement of the United Methodist church. This outreach was named The Center for Sharing.

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1991

The First Move

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We grew too big for the basement so moved into the J.C. Penney building on Main Street Walla Walla. We set up individual spaces for outreach programs to become more formalized. Set up a central administrative staff and instituted regular group meetings for both the…

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1995

Re-Organization

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

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1996

First Servant Leadership School

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Our first nine month Servant Leadership School (Intensive Local Leadership Formation Course) was held for existing CFS staff, open to the public as well. (There were 27 participants, split into 3 groups for weekly processing of themes)

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1996

Jubilee Leadership Academy

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Out of this course, a call was sounded to start a program for teens who were not flourishing in their home communities. Jubilee Leadership Academy works with boys from 13 to 19 years of age.

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1997

Expansion

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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 were offered in…

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2000

Probing a new location

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CFS trustees sensed 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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2001

A Change of Location

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After exploring for one year, trustees decided that the philosophy and concepts of Servant Leadership Development had outgrown our building and city in Walla Walla. Servant Leadership is a way of life. If this concept can be taught and caught, it can be lived out…

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2005

Centro de Compartimiento

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After many years of working with an orphanage in Juchitán Oaxaca and teaching Servant Leadership there, a call was sounded to start a residential program for young women wanting to continue their academic pursuits, to study in Juchitán. A board was formed, property purchased, a…

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2005

Kenya

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The presiding bishop of the Methodist Church Kenya invited us to teach Servant Leadership to a group of pastors in Nairobi. The course was a one- month intensive. After finishing that course, we held similar courses in 2006 in Malindi, 2007 in Kisumu, and a…

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2008

CSLP

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In 2007 we were invited by Dan Ballast of Co-Serve, to present a servant leadership course for a small Bible College of students and staff on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. The course was held for one month in late April of 2008….

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2008

Collegium Cafe

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After 8 years in Tri-Cities, a decision was made to build a new office building and community center (the Collegium) that would house the Center for Sharing as well as serve the newly developing Tierra Vida community in East Pasco. Tierra Vida was developed for…

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2012

Full Circle: Kenya

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After helping organize 5 years of SL courses for Methodist Church Kenya, Roseanne Mbaya felt a call to found an indigenous non-profit organization in Kenya in 2011 around the concept of Servant Leadership and Environmental Conservation.

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2015

Creation of PAC

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In January 2015, all communities born as a result of CFS facilitated Servant Leadership courses were invited to a retreat in Prescott, Wa. Those in attendance were from Kenya, Mexico, The Philippines and the US. They created a group called PAC, Partners in Authentic Community.

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2016

NOW: Going Forward

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In response to the birth and growth of 8 communities over the years who desire to be servant led, compassion based, trauma informed, and non-toxic in charity,  Cheryl Broetje transitioned from daily focus on CFS in order to develop a program that would be more…

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MEET OUR TEAM

Cheryl Broetje

Executive Director

Glenn Cross

Servant Leadership Manager

Antonio Escalera

Facilities Manager

Shasta Meyers

Program Development Manager

Nevresa Beganovic

Administrative Assistant

FAQs

How long has your organization been around? How did you get your start?

CFS was birthed out of a series of short term mission trips of perspective that the Broetje family took to Mexico in the 1980’s.  They learned that poverty, corruption, lack of assessable resources were forcing people to leave their land and head north. In 1986 the Center For Sharing was formed around simple advocacy programs for women and children in Mexico. Later CFS began to see the need to move from charity to development in order to prepare people to lead themselves and these services are needed everywhere around the world including he U.S.

What is the connection with Vista Hermosa & Broetje Orchards?

Vista Hermosa is the community located near Broetje Orchards main facility in Prescott, WA. Many employees of Broetje Orchards have lived at Vista Hermosa during some period of their lives since its birth in 1991. Whether they still live there or not, many of those families have kept contact over the years, as their children have grown up and started families and/or continued on with their education. CFS now partners with a number of these young adults and emerging leaders in various ways as we together serve the wider community. These emerging teachers understand what it takes to stand with people facing challenging issues in such a way that they don’t give up, but rather, are able to dream good dreams for their families and pursue them.

What is Vista Hermosa Foundation?

VHF is a Broetje family private, philanthropic foundation which partners with vulnerable communities in the U.S and different parts of the world. The Foundation fosters resilience around a sense of belonging, meaning and common purpose among all involved. VHF operates around a ‘theory of change’ model of development using servant leadership as its methodology. VHF occasionally partners with CFS as an initial investor in the birthing stage of new emerging servant led entities serving some marginalized people group.

What will I learn in a Servant Leadership Course?

You may come away with a deeper sense of connection between yourself, God, and others, and the relationship between them all. You may also gain a clearer sense of call….where your passion and purpose lie, along with further clarity about how to apply them towards nurturing a better society.

Why did you choose to have offices in Pasco, WA?

CFS chose to settle into the newly developing community of Tierra Vida because we believe that the principles of servant leadership are best taught when theories are connected to real communities of practice. This community is still in the process of establishing its shared values and vision for the future. The values of servant leadership provide guidelines for positive growth and developments as families continue to move into the neighborhood and become part of ‘the way we do things around here’ for the benefit of the the common good they share.

What is the Center for Sharing trying to accomplish?

The mission of CFS is to foster individual and organizational leadership development within a community setting that increasingly sees itself as the builders of a better (more loving and more just)  society in that place. Communities become healthier as leaders invest values such as trust, compassion, service, community, respect wherever they have been called to serve on behalf of the whole.

How do you choose the communities you work in?

Typically, we are invited by a group within a community who want to explore servant leadership development. Participants will learn how to lead and serve others in such a manner that–through the process–people grow, become healthier, wiser, freer and more likely to become servants themselves–always with an eye out for those most vulnerable in that place.

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