7 Questions with Matt Metzger

Name: Matt Metzger

Current title: Director of Marketing and Communication

Current organisation: Grace College

Married to Shelly, have two children Hunter and Megan, a huge Newfoundland dog, and three cats.

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1. What have you found most challenging as a Christian school leader?

Our school wants to lead as Jesus did. Sometimes that means doing counter-cultural things. Standing strong and reflecting the love of Jesus is critical but sometimes hard to do under this world's pressures.

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

The morning starts with coffee, bible study, and then off to work. Once at work, I talk to my team, find out how their evenings were and what their workloads look like. After that, I go through email to see what's come through overnight, review the day's tasks, and then start working on the day's agenda. After that, I try to work out for 30 minutes to an hour. Go home, spend time with the family, eat supper, and then often continue work that was not completed during the day.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Listen carefully, think - think - think, and then speak.

4. What's one book apart from the Bible that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

The leadership wisdom of Jesus is unmatched. By reading His words, in Matthew 5, Jesus 'flips the script'. Rather than promoting the rich and powerful, He says that there are far more important attributes than we often think about.

5. How do you find and keep great Christian teachers?

Finding great Christian teachers falls out of my responsibilities, but our senior leadership uses biblical filters to screen for those who follow and obeyGod's words.

6. What's most important as a Christian school leader for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

I believe that leadership 'bleeds' it starts from the top and then flows through the rest of the school to the staff, faculty, and students.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a Christian school leader so far?

The most powerful thing that happens on our campus is the dependence on God. It is common across our campus to see groups stop what they're doing and pray for each other. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to have the freedom to do this.