What images do I use, consciously or unconsciously, to understand my role as a tutor here at Redcliffe? I’ve posted before on the power and presence of metaphors in life, leadership and mission: Bible, mission and metaphor & Metaphors we lead by.

Along with most faculty colleagues, my office is in the top floor of the main part of Redcliffe’s building: picture sloping ceilings and fantastic views of the grounds.

But here’s the thing I love about being here: in days gone by these rooms would have been the servants’ quarters for the staff of the family who lived here. How appropriate!

There are many images that depict our role as tutors: teacher, mentor, friend, advisor, team member, leader, listener… But servant is one of the core metaphors for what we do.

With new students arriving tomorrow, it’s good to be reminded of this.

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