Chad Rowland is my co-pastor. Some day I may write more about that, but, basically as the title indicates, it means we share leadership responsibilities at Grace Community Church. Chad is younger, more into creative arts, and more relational than me, so he balances well with my strategic wiring. I was delighted when Chad chose to answer my ten leadership questions. (Honestly, it helped me know he actually reads my blog!)
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Here are 10 questions with leader Chad Rowland:
When you were growing up, are you doing what you thought you would be doing vocationally? If not, what did you want to do?
Before 8th grade, I wanted to be a professional football player. During 8th grade, I decided I wanted to do ministry.
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?
Worked construction in college and at a factory in grad school. It caused me to fall in love with the idea of reaching blue-collar guys.
Who is one person, besides Christ, who most helped to shape your leadership and how did they help you?
My two student pastors, Scott Stevens (currently at Lifeway in Nashville, TN) and Todd Brady (currently at FBC Paducah, KY), both sought me out and mentored me. They then led me to mentor other peers. It kept me focused throughout my teenage years.
Besides the Bible, what is one book that has most helped to shape your thought process in life and ministry?
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Real. Authentic. Unfinished. Amazing.
What are three words other people would use to describe your work style/ethic?
Calm. Creative. Thoughtful.
What is your greatest strength in leadership?
I love people!
What is your greatest weakness in leadership?
I keep a lot of what I’m thinking to myself which greatly hinders the team process.
What is the hardest thing you have to do in leadership?
Set aside time to think and dream.
What is one misconception about your leadership position you think people may have?
That when I’m quiet, it’s due to a lack of concern or interest. Sometimes I’m just thinking.
If you could give one piece of advice to young leaders from what you’ve learned by experience, what would it be?
There is not one model of leadership. Courageously do what God wants you to do and people will follow you.
Thanks Chad! Have you ever been accused of not having an idea because you were quiet…thinking? How did you make your voice heard?