Loving God, Equipping People, Mentoring Leaders, Reaching Nations
1. What is the greatest leadership challenge you face in your current role?
Introducing the Church that Jesus is building based on apostles and prophets to churches that man has built based on pastors and the pastoral model of simply being inner focused and caring for the sheep and ignoring the lost.
2. What is the easiest group for you lead and why?
Churches and networks that recognize the importance of and openly welcome the ministry of an apostle and are hungry to adjust their corporate life to fit the biblical model of the church as set out in Paul’s writings and the Book of Acts.
3. What is the most difficult group for you to lead and why?
Those who are ministering regularly but are totally out of touch with the culture and society that they say they want to reach for Jesus. These are the ones who do not work to understand the way young people are thinking and their world perspective and simply minister out of their own out of touch cocoon isolated from reality.
4. Do you have a mentor? What have you learned from him about leadership?
Yes I do. I have learned more of what not to do as a leader as I have walked with him in his own local situation and as he has travelled with me overseas.
5. Are you mentoring someone else? What is the the most important thing you have tried to communicate to him or her about leadership?
I mentor a substantial number of young people in various countries and cultures. The most important thing I communicate with all of them is that their leadership rises or falls according to their character. Thus they need to focus on and work on their character.
6. What is the greatest leadership success and what did you learn from it?
To be faithful to what God has called me to be and then to do with Him and not to be controlled by people’s expectations, demands, or needs.
7. What is your greatest failure as a leader and what did you learn from it?
I failed to recognize a power struggle that arose within the staff of my local church and, as a result, I lost a key staff member and about half of the members of my church. I learned to be in better touch with those on my team – both on a personal and professional level and not be afraid to make the hard decisions such as firing a team member who does not share the vision.
8. How does your own relationship with God factor in to your ability to lead effectively?
The foundation of everything I do with the Holy Spirit is my personal relationship with God found only in and through Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross for me. When the relationship is current and strong I am an effective and grace-filled leader. So, my relationship with Jesus is my focus and not the ministry.
9. What is your greatest tool in leadership? What are your strengths a leader?
Listening to what is really being said is my greatest tool in leadership. Along with listening I have learned how to accept people for who they are and where they are at and never to judge, criticize, or reject a person simply because they believe differently than I do or live a lifestyle that I think is not right or appropriate.
10. What is the difference between popularity and being a true leader?
You can be powerful as a leader walking in the anointing of the call on your life or you can be popular. Powerful or popular – you can’t be both at the same time.
11. What is the role of silence in your leadership model? How do you use silence to lead effectively?
Silence comes from having a deep assurance of God’s love and a confidence that He has called me to do what I am doing. And, silence allows me to really listen with the heart and thus lead more effectively.
12. How would you say your personality has affected your leadership ability in positive and negative aspects?
I am an extreme introvert and it has had some negative effects in my ministry over the years. It can come across as distant and uncaring. So, I have had to work to “get over myself” and be much more extroverted than I am comfortable with at times so I can relate properly with others and so that they will know that I am engaged in the conversation and relationship and that I really do care about them.