Friday, September 02, 2005 | |

The Leadership Blog Interview: Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel

Bio: Craig Groeschel is Senior Pastor of Life Church. meets in five locations with twenty-three weekend worship experiences averaging over 13,000 people per weekend. Life Church is also the #4 Fastest Growing Church in America.

Church: Life Church

The Leadership Blog Interview
1. What gives you the greatest joy in being a leader?
Craig: "Two things bring me the greatest joy. First, I love introducing people to Christ. Second, I enjoy helping every day Christ-followers become extraordinary ministers."

2. What is your biggest pet peeve as a leader?
Craig: "Small thinking."

3. Who made the biggest influence in your life as a leader?
Craig: "My parents and wife made the biggest difference personally. Lyle Schaller has made the biggest difference in my life as a minister."

4. What books have changed your life?
Craig: "The Bible is the book that brought me to Christ. I am inspired by reading biographies of great Christian leaders and stories of martyrs. Business and leadership books that spoke to me were, "Good to Great,""The Purple Cow," "The E-Myth revisited."

5. What's your biggest challenge as a leader?
Craig: "My biggest opportunity and challenge is finding and developing great leaders."

6. What goals do you have as a leader?
Craig: "My biggest goals are for my family. In ministry I constantly set short term goals. Every time I list long term goals, I feel like God laughs at how small they are. My desire is to stay out of the way and not limit God's work."

7. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Craig: "Serving God at"

Craig thanks for taking time for the interview! Life Church is a church that we all keep an eye on and that sets the standard for many of us. I also liked the fact that I couldn't find a photo of you without your wife!