The Five Stones of Servant Leadership

Thursday 08 Jun 2017 by Redlands College

At our Commencement Service on Monday, Mr Jamie Ware (Board Chair) presented a perpetual plaque to Mr Andrew Johnson (Principal). Whilst this plaque has first been presented to Mr Johnson, it is designed to transition with each College Principal as a perpetual reminder of both God’s provision for Redlands College and the ongoing vision to provide a Christ-centred education that will prepare young people to serve God and influence the world.

This perpetual plaque is called "Five Stones of Servant Leadership". The plaque draws from the Biblical story in 1 Samuel 17 of the young boy David placing his faith and trust in God rather than his own strength to fulfil God’s plan. Rejecting the armour of King Saul, David takes 5 stones from a small creek and uses his sling to defeat the giant Goliath.

The plaque has at its centre a leather sling, representing the sling that David used to kill Goliath. He had previously used a sling to kill a lion and bear when guarding his father’s sheep and relied on this sling for safety and protection.

Along the top are five stones, which represent the five stones that David picked up. Each one of these stones comes from the Holy Land and represents a specific character trait that we seek for our school leaders.

  1. The first stone represents faith and was collected from Caesarea Philippi. In Matthew 16:16, Jesus was walking near this town when Peter embraced him as Christ, the Son of the living God. May our leaders also place their faith in Christ as Messiah, Saviour and Lord of His Kingdom as they serve at Redlands.
  2. The second stone represents prayer and was collected from the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In Mark 6:46, after Christ fed the 5000 near where this stone came from, he retreated to a mountaintop to pray. We encourage our leaders to always be prayerful.
  3. The third stone represents compassion and was collected from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In Mat 21:14-15, when the blind and lame came to the Temple in Jerusalem, Christ had compassion on them and healed them. May our leaders always be motivated by compassion for others.
  4. The fourth stone represents courage and was collected from the ruins of Jericho. In Joshua 1:7, Joshua was instructed to be strong and courageous before he crossed the Jordan river and entered Jericho. May our leaders always be strong and courageous in their leadership.
  5. The fifth stone represents wisdom and was collected from Nazareth, the childhood home of Christ. In Luke 2:51-52, we read of Christ returning to Nazareth after staying at the Temple in Jerusalem as a 12yo boy and growing in wisdom and stature. May our leaders always seek to grow in Biblical wisdom.