We had the chance to sit down with our Lead Pastor, Rob Ketterling to discuss his most recent book, Front Row Leadership.
Here are some of the highlights.
Q: Every one of your sermons, leadership talks, or books seem to come from an “Aha!” moment, so was there a moment that launched what has now become Front Row Leadership?
Pastor Rob: I used to be a back row leader. Something in me wanted to get to the front, but I had experiences where I felt pushed to the back. In fact, there were a couple scenarios I remember where people labeled me as rebellious. I was trying to bring solutions, but I didn’t do it with enough gentleness and love, so it wasn’t received properly.
Instead of realizing I needed to bring solutions in a more creative way, I just hid in the back row.
The “aha” moment was to go to the front row, bring your suggestions in humility and love, and bring the solutions.
I can tell you it’s been a journey, and it’s still going on even now.
Q: What would you say are some values that Front Row Leaders carry with them?
Pastor Rob: Humility is a value every leader must have. You need to be able to point out problems and bring solutions, while still supporting your leaders and serving under their authority.
Another is creativity. You need to be able to think outside of the box. If you are trying to solve a problem, and people haven’t been able to solve it, everyone else has likely tried solving it from within the box. They’re only doing what’s always been done, or maybe they don’t have the courage to get outside of the box.
Patience also has to be a value. The distance from the back row to the front row is shorter than we realize, but the distance from the front row to change is ten times further than you think it would be. Getting there is hard, and getting the change requires patience.
The last one would be to bring people with you. You can have solutions, be humble, be creative, and have patience, but if you can’t get people to come along with you for the journey, you will never get the change that you are hoping for.
Q: Some people may feel like they don’t have the potential to be a Front Row Leader. Do you think that an everyday, average person can be a front-row leader?
Pastor Rob: Absolutely. I believe that everyone can be a Front Row Leader. A Front Row Leader is an attitude and a mindset.
The story of the boy who gave his lunch to the disciples and Jesus was a front row leader. He brought a solution. His little lunch was the solution of the day. Everyone can bring a solution, and everyone can be a Front Row Leader.
To read more of Pastor Rob’s Front Row Leadership thoughts, check out the book!