2009 - Vol. 30.
Tribute to Steve Clark, continued
and Spiritual Father
transmitted spiritual life to new leaders of covenant communities
by Carlos Alonso
I came to know
Steve Clark as someone who could detect people's leadership potential,
and foster and promote that leadership. That's precisely what he did in
my case – to foster my leadership gift and encourage me to exercise it.
This is the same thing Steve has done with many, many people throughout
several decades. He is able to transmit spiritual life to new leaders.
This is one
of the reasons why I believe that Steve has a charism not only as a founder
but as a father. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:15, "Even though you have
ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in
Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel." I think this describes
Steve's relationship to us in the Sword of the Spirit – we have perhaps
had many leaders, many who have helped us to grow and to shape our communities.
But the one who gave life to us as a community of communities, through
a foundational charism from the Holy Spirit, is Steve.
consider that he has the spiritual stature of some of the founders of great
movements in the history of the church such as Anthony of the Desert and
Benedict of Nursia. In my view, Steve, as a founder and a teacher, has
the stature of a church father. Perhaps only the future history of the
church will be able to make an objective appraisal of Steve's spiritual
weight, but I am proud to honor him, with no doubt whatsoever, as the father
of the Sword of the Spirit, the father of covenant community, and, in fact,
my spiritual father.
Alonso Vargas has served in the past as President of the Sword
of the Spirit. He is a Coordinator of Comunidad
Arbol de Vida, in San Jose, Costa Rica.]
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Vision for Christian Community, a brief overview of Steve's life by
Founder and Spiritual Father, by Carlos Vargas
Contribution, by Paul Dinolfo
Generous Investment, by Andy Kebe
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