May 2009 - Vol. 30

A Tribute to Steve Clark

 - a father of the charismatic renewal and a 
founder of the Sword of the Spirit

This May Steve Clark completes his term of office as President of the Sword of the Spirit. Steve has worked tirelessly for more than 40 years in laying the foundation for the covenant communities movement which began in the late 1960s. He was instrumental in establishing the first covenant community in 1970 and in establishing the Sword of the Spirit in 1982, an international community of communities, which currently number 75 communities worldwide. Steve is also the founder of the Servants of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord in the Sword of the Spirit. 

Steve Clark’s book, Building Christian Communities, Strategy for Renewing the Church, written in 1972, gave the principles for building renewal communities. The Sword of the Spirit today is a living testimony to Steve’s labors and skills in laying a foundation that has weathered many storms and challenges. Last year some 265 coordinators and mission leaders gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the International Coordinators Meeting (ICM) of the Sword of the Spirit. A highlight of the ICM was an honoring session for Steve Clark. Here are a few of the tributes and a brief biography. 

Words of Tribute
> A Great Man of God, by Jean Barbara
> A Vision for Christian Community, a brief overview of Steve's life by Michael Shaughnessy
> A Founder and Spiritual Father, by Carlos Vargas
> Ecumenical Contribution, by Paul Dinolfo
> Steve's Generous Investment, by Andy Kebe
> Books by Steve Clark
> Articles by Steve Clark in Living Bulwark 
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