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7 Questions with John Peberdy
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7 Questions with John Peberdy

Name: John Peberdy

Current title: Chairman

Current organisation: CMA

I am a layperson who has served in the Australian Christian Community for many years - at my local Church and on Boards of Christian Organisations

7 Questions with John Peberdy


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

Ensuring good governance is in operation to prevent damage/injury to our members and participants.

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

Born into a Christian family with a strong work ethic. Initially involved with Sunday School and Youth, then Church governance and eventually with Christian organisations as a Board member and participant in their ministry.

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

Breakfast - then breakfast alone - morning in the study reflecting and working - lunch - outside in afternoon - dinner - then relax before bed. Devotions are done in the morning when I am alone. And meetings occur either on-line or physically.

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?

Half-time - Bob Buford - I was in a CEO role at the time and the book persuaded me to step down to be more available to serve the Christian community.

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

Pray earnestly when you are replacing a leader (as a Board Member). God is our provider - the new leader has already been chosen.

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

Training, training, training. Ensure people are encouraged and assisted on their leadership journey - but give them training!

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

It is important to pass on information you know. At our church, we engaged somebody from outside the church in a new role. I had seen this person in other roles previously and did not believe he would be the right fit. I expressed my views with reasons. The Church appointed the person anyway. When the individual transgressed in the way I had suggested he would, it made a quick separation a less difficult decision for the leadership.

What's one question you'd love to ask other leaders in our audience to generate discussion about leadership? Eg. 'How do you do difficult conversations well?', or 'What's one tip for leading a remote online team?'

How do we decide whether a position is to be filled by a volunteer or a paid employee?

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