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7 Questions with Shuaibu Elijah
Name: Shuaibu Elijah
Current title: Administrator
Current organization: Leadership Branding Group.
I am Shuaibu Elijah from Nigeria. I have served as a Youth Leader from pre-University days to my University days until I graduated. I am passionate about young people and branding. Single, and currently serving in the public sector.
1. What have you found most challenging as a church leader?
Selling your God-given vision to those God has entrusted you to lead.
2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Out of my passion for teenagers, I applied to my Parish Pastor, who had asked us to let him know where in the Parish we would love to serve. That's how I started living out my passion. From being an assistant to the Teens Coordinator, I rose to become the Teens Coordinator.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
First of all, I have to explain that currently I am simply reaching out to young men. I engage in learning, writing and serving as a Correctional Personnel. I meet young men and try to help them discover God's purpose for their lives early. Early. Now, one way I structure my day is, I try not to start the day without a To-do list, where I itemize the things I intend to achieve for the day. Then, I pursue them. I had to get a friend to be accountable to, because I felt I needed a sort of policing. I gave him the liberty to penalize me, if I'm failing to be disciplined.
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?
The Impossible Is Possible, by John Mason. God used that book to boost my confidence and work on my self image, self esteem and complex.
5. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Whatever you want to see from the world, you are called to be to the world. Matthew 7:12. That's one way a person can discover God's purpose for his or her lives. Because I became seemingly obsessed about answering that question.
6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?
Help everyone to discover God's purpose for his or her life. Then, encourage them to pursue it. Let's gain mastery in that line.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a church leader so far?
When I was appointed Vice President/ Brothers Coordinator of my campus fellowship, I wanted to know what programme to execute for the lives entrusted to me. And swiftly God gave me an Idea. It's called the S.H.A.P.E project. It was aimed at helping young men discover God's purpose for their lives early. You see, I wasn't just passionate about young people, I also wanted to rebrand Christianity to young guys. The S.H.A.P.E project message would encapsulate both. Actually, that acronym means S-spiritual gifts, H- heart(passion), A- abilities (talents), P-personality, and lastly E-experience. Originally, I learnt it from Pastor Rick Warren's book The Purpose Driven Life. So, God led me to assign this group of guys to use it to answer the questions relating to the way they have been SHAPED by God. It was exciting. My boss, the Fellowship President, was impressed by it. I also discovered myself the more in this entire process.