7 Questions with Garry Ansdell
Name: Garry Ansdell
Current title: Senior pastor
Current organisation: Hosanna Christian Fellowship Bellflower
Atheist till 27. Founder of Hosanna 44 yrs ago as a home bible study from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Adopted 5 children now raising 3 grandchildren. Married 55 yrs
1. What have you found most challenging as a church leader?
Discipling other leaders in a new concept of fellowship on line as well as in person.
2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I was an elder at Calvary chapel costa mesa and did hospital calls and was invited to the first pastoral school of only 12 to prepare to serve as a pastor.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
With 3 young grandchildren I help my wife get them on track with virtual school. Then do what she needs done. Then read pray and check in with staff for online and streaming for the week or new plans to delicate or move on personally
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?
Sit walk stand by watchman nee. It taught me how to study. Observation, interpretation, application. Plus in my own life. I'm seated, walk with that assurance and stand against evil.
5. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Don’t assume someone understands your intentions or motives but ask them “what or why do you think this needs to be done”
6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?
Teach the word to everyone without any preconceived thoughts of who God might use them help them accomplish what God has shown them to do and hold them accountable.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a church leader so far?
I finished a bible study and felt the Lord saying someone was contemplating suicide so i spoke it out to the body before prayer The study had nothing to do with that concept. A military man came up in full dress officer uniform and told me that he was going to say goodbye to loved ones, get his gun and get in his car and kill himself. However because I spoke of God's love and concern for the person (him) he said peace came over him and a change of heart and mind.