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7 Questions with Al Stewart
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7 Questions with Al Stewart

Name: Al Stewart

Current title: National Director

Current organisation: Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

I've been in ministry work approx 30 years, mixture of being a pastor, evangelist, and some pastoral oversight of churches.

7 Questions with Al Stewart


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

Personal Godliness is always the great challenge, especially in times of stress and time pressure. The temptation to cut corners with people, to be impatient and to stop listening. It's also a great challenge to have the wisdom to know "what should I be doing now that will make a real difference in a years time"?

2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

After I'd been a believer 3-4 years the Pastor of my church put his hand on my shoulder and said he thought I had the gifts to be useful in full-time gospel ministry. Long story short after some serious soul searching re my values compared to Gospel values, I was convinced that is what God wanted me to do.

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

I get up early 5am and I go to be early 10pm. Exercise early morning, reading, preparation before lunch, people and some admin afternoons. Meetings when necessary at night.

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?

Don Carson's "How Long O Lord" is brilliant in understanding how profound and multilayered is the Bible's understanding of Suffering in our world.

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

"It's not about Me" - It's about Jesus. Stop worrying about what other people think of you, and understand what Jesus thinks of you. It's only his opinion that matters.

6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?

A leadership pipeline, takes time to develop and means investment in gifted people from youth group up. It means that pastors must be working not just in the business, but ON the business, ie training people in leadership.

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