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7 Questions with Robert Martin
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7 Questions with Robert Martin

Name: Robert Martin

Current title: Engaging Executive

Current organisation: City Bible Forum

I work with City Bible Forum helping workers of Australia engage life's biggest questions. I host a radio show and podcast called "Bigger Questions'. I have been with City Bible Forum for over 11 years and previously I worked in the business world

7 Questions with Robert Martin


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

Empowering people to see the same vision as you have. It's great to have a vision for the future, but you also need to get people on board with the same vision, and that's a challenge.

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

I moved to Melbourne to start the ministry of City Bible Forum. There was an opportunity, and I took it and I learned that I had leadership skills and abilities and the ministry grew. It wasn't something I necessarily sought, but I was placed in the right role for my gifts.

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

I use my Google calendar to allocate times for the tasks I need to do. It allows me time to do the important and the urgent and I can schedule necessary prep times. It also allows me to meet with people and others in my teams.

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?

I have been struck by Jim Collins' Good to Great. The notion of servant leadership and the Level 5 leader is so inspiring and connected with the ultimate 'servant leaders'.

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

Listening to people doesn't simply mean doing what they want or ask. As a leader we need to listen and ensure people feel they're heard, but we also need to plot a course and to lead humbly and with wisdom. It's a real challenge, but I think it's important in leadership.

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

Sow into people. Identify key people and spend time with them, read the Scriptures with them and give them opportunity to lead something.

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

I think it's important to be creative yet anchor this in some key core principles. We created some innovative programs and effectively integrated a 1-1 evangelism program with our outreach strategy, which created alignment and focus in our staff team and all those connected with the ministry.

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