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7 Questions with Manuel Corazzari
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7 Questions with Manuel Corazzari
Name: Manuel Corazzari
Current title: Pastor
Current organisation: East Chicago Church
Pastor Manuel was born in Costa Rica, and ever since he was little he had the desire to serve God. in 1996 as teen he came to USA and got involved with church ministry. He work for of the largest Mega Churches in Chicagoland Area. After his pastor, and mentor die in 2011, Pastor Manuel encountered the call to become a Pastor and to follow the steps of his mentor. In 2017 Pastor Manuel had a flat tire in front of this forsaken church building with broken windows, today this building is name after East Chicago Church, a place where Pastor Manuel and Lori his wife are the lead pastors of this church. Their Vision is to make a huge difference in the lives of the city of East Chicago by networking with other churches and creating outreach events to serve the community and introducing the lost to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. What have you found most challenging as a church leader?
When God gives you a vision, and is your time to step out in faith, there will be many complications and obstacles that would come your way to challenge success. But as leaders if we implement inside our hearts the vision and the reason why we are doing what we do, in time as you remind faithful you will grown in wisdom and you will start seeing glances of the promise land that will give you hope for the future.
2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Sometime as Christians we give God conditions, I always told God could use me in anything but being a Pastor, when the time came where I grew spiritually and I surrendered areas in my life to the Holy Spirit, one day I told God that who I was to tell Him where to use me, and told him to use in any area He wanted, that's where then He said you will be a Pastor, and today I can say how much I enjoy leading, and shepherding people closer to God.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
As I wake up at 6am I seek to spend time on the Lord, drink coffee, turn on the computer and look for the projects ahead that are in our list to do, mostly the mornings we work for our Media Company, but towards the afternoon I start calling our church leaders, and them at the end of the day my wife and I have dinner, as we make priorities on having a balance life.
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?
A book that I love is The Purpose Driven Life, I think that Ron Warren cover everything that had to be said about leadership and our purpose, also I have my own goal of owning every book that there is by John C. Maxwell.
5. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Jesus was a leader, and He commanded us to follow Him and to pick up His Mission ( Our Own Cross ) that means our testimony, our assignment in life, to deny our own comfort and to step into His obedience for your own life. Our Jobs is to represent the Kingdom of God in every area of our lives. Everything we do is unto God, taking out the trash, praying for someone, painting a wall, is for the Lord, so we must do a good job, it is not what people see but what others don't see that matters, because God sees it.
6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?
For my wife and I is every important that we get to know who we are working with, so we enjoy knowing on a personal level the leaders that we work with, getting to know their concerns, dreams and talents, their strengths. We use their level of commitment, attention to details, their spiritual fruits, and their faithfulness that proves with time that they deserve to have a spot in leadership with our team. We also create weekly conference calls, meetings to hear their feedback, ministry goals and accountability from the team.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a church leader so far?
Lori and I have the burning desire to serve God and to make a difference into people's lives, therefore we are always looking for ways to make an impact, last year we started a podcast, with guest speakers, leadership episodes, and motivational stories call Knowing Your Mission Podcast, after 20 episodes I was asking myself if all that work was making any difference, I just wanted to make sure we were not wasting our time, that week we had a new young person that came into church, as I spend time with him that day he told me He listen to the podcast and he was giving me details of how he was inspired thru the podcast ministry ! You never know who you are reaching and touching by serving God.