If you’ve been reading any of my tweets you know by now that I’m writing a book. I mentioned in this blog post Tuesday that I wasn’t writing it alone- I have help. Today, I’m featuring another contributor- Evan C. Green.
I believe accomplishing goals is fun, but how much more beneficial is it if you have people that can share your success.
The story continues……..
Current City: Southfield, Michigan
Organization: Abyssinia CCM
1. When you were growing up, is this what you thought you would be doing vocationally? If not, what did you want to do? I knew very early on that I’d be working and serving in ministry in some capacity. Growing up in church as a child & teen I literally worked in every area from ushering, finance, answering phones, media (duplicating tapes, running sound), housekeeping, youth ministry in more.
2. What’s the most different job you’ve had from what you are doing now and how did that job help you with what you are doing now? Working in retail at the Apple store was the most unique or different job than my current responsibilities at my local church. However, many of the values Apple instills in its employees are very relevant to ministry within the church. For example, Apple is a very service oriented company whose focus is solely on leaving every customer with an amazing experience. Apple employees are taught to greet every customer, have fun while working, take your time with each interaction and much more. Those same values are important in the local church in that our ministry should be focused on reaching people impacting their lives with the gospel of Jesus. Accomplishing those values will leave visitors of our churches wowed the way many people are when they leave an Apple retail store.
3. Who is one person, besides Christ, who most helped to shape your leadership and how did they help you? . My aunt who is also my pastor Bishop Iona E. Locke who has helped shape me the most in leadership. There are countless lessons she has instilled in me. One of the most important lessons she taught me regarding leadership was that you can not lead from behind and you can not ask people to do what you have not done or are not willing to do.
4. Besides the Bible, what is one book that has most helped to shape your thought process in life and work? The book that has helped shape my thought process in life and work the most is probably “The Best Question Ever” by Andy Stanley. This book challenged me to include God in all of my decision making. Without giving too much of the book away, I believe it is a must read to see how all of the decisions that we make can be broken into a few categories and there is one question that is relevant to all of our choices. So you have to read the book to find out what the best question ever is!!
5. What is your company/organization? How does it serve? I currently serve as a staff pastor at my local church. My wife and I just began working with the children and teens of our ministry. My wife oversees the Kingdom Kids Connection (ages 3-11) and she also assists me leading the junior high and high school students in our student ministry called The Remnant. I also help my local church (Abyssinia CCM) and my pastor (Bishop Iona Locke) with special event planning including conferences and other community efforts. Lastly, I work at creating awareness for the ministry by having an online presence through social media and website (www.bishopionalocke.com).
6. What are three words other people would use to describe your work style/ethic? Diligent, Loyal and Compassionate
7. What is your greatest strength in leadership? Greatest strength is my ability to work in all environments including crisis management.
8. What is your greatest weakness in leadership? Greatest strength is my ability to work in all environments including crisis management.
9. What is the hardest thing you have to do in leadership? Not sure if this is the hardest things I have to do in leadership but is definitely one of them. That thing would be getting people who are custom to certain ways buy into programs and new ideas that are effective for growth.
10. If you could give one piece of advise to other young leaders from what you’ve learned by experience, what would it be? The one piece of advice I would give another young leader by what I have learned from experience is to remain accountable to a pastor ( their spiritual father, leader) that you trust . Lastly, remain faithful to your senior leader, pastor. “And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another (whether God or man), who will give that which is your own?” Luke 16:12 Our leadership efforts will be blessed by the measure of our faithfulness to be accountable and loyal to who we serve.