7 Questions with Ed Devine

Name: Ed Devine

Current title: Next Generations Pastor

Current organisation: Baptist Churches Western Australia

Ed is married to Nelly and their son Otto is approaching 2 years of age. Together they enjoy the beach, visiting friends and family and reading. Being bi-vocational, Ed is the Team Leader at Quinns Baptist Church in Perth’s northern beaches.

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

Learning how to be secure in serving the Church according to the gifts God has given me, rather than confirming to people’s expectations.

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

I came to faith radically at the age of 20 and immediately found myself serving as a volunteer in various ways. I received an invitation from a local Church to lead the Sunday Morning Teenage group each week and the journey has grown and evolved since then.

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

With a young son it is hard to be too regimented. Something like opening a devotional over breakfast in my home office and focusing on God is a good way to start. In two roles, I try to keep certain days as specific to each organisation but sometimes the crossover can’t be helped. I will try to do a short workout before lunch break and then work the afternoon.

Afternoons into evening are all about family and trying to be as helpful as possible and enjoy the time together.

4. What one book had the most profound impact on your church leadership? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Building a Discipling Culture, Mike Breen.

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

Slow down! With apostolic gifts and a creative mind, I can miss important nuances if I don’t move at a measured pace.

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

Keeping an eye out for people I see God has given a heart for ministry and then offering an invitation to get involved while encouraging them about what I see in their life. Important to this are opportunities to stretch their abilities so I try to expose emerging leaders to a wide variety of opportunities.

7. If you had to pick just one story, what would be the most meaningful story from your time as a church leader so far?

Having other leaders to journey with and wrestle ideas and struggles with has been so life giving. I am 10 years in with the guys I meet with and we have celebrated kids being born, roles shifting and getting through tough times together. Priceless.