7 Questions with Damion Q. Chapman
Name: Damion Q. Chapman
Current title: Executive Pastor
Current organisation: New Day Life Ministries International
I am 40 years old. I have been serving the ministry for 10 years now. I am married to Johanna, my wife of 12 years. I am the father of 6 beautiful children. 4 girls to boys. I have primarily. I have served the ministry in many capacities, from youth leadership to marriage ministry.
1. What have you found most challenging as a church leader?
My church went through a time where there was a huge drop off in attendance. It was a very trying time. Motivation was hard to come by at that time. It was when the Lord reassured us that he was doing something new that we, as a congregation was able to find the hope to continue.
2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
When I first came to the Lord, I found joy in the serving ministry in any way shape or form. I found that faithfulness brings promotion. The more served, the more opportunities to lead availed themselves.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I only work in the ministry part-time. I typically work at my secular job. After work, I attend to the duties of the Church.
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?
Release of the Spirit by Watchman Nee. This book helped my to see that God can not develop me, if I do not allow to brokenness to be a vessel for He uses to produce change. Once this happens the anointing is active and I am able to impact my ministry and community.
5. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
I am currently learning the NEED for vulnerability. Knowing that I cannot be a leader who indestructible. My vulnerability helps me to be relatable and help people see my need for God as well.
6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?
We work to develop leaders from the time people join the Church. We teach the need to serve the Church. Usually, gifts and talents are revealed in that process. It is from there that we can develop those talents and help people walk into leadership. I also this the teaching of self leadership help to create a steady flow of leaders.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a church leader so far?
My wife and I were going through a really trying time financially. One Sunday morning, during testimony time, one of the members began to thank for God for all the things me and my wife had taught her during her time as a Christian. She ran down so many things. It was encouraging to know that what we were doing had a profound impact on the people we served. It gave life, again, to the why. We are big cry babies, so me a my wife just wept, thanking God for proving hope and encouragement when we needed it the most.