Mark Greenwood is an itinerant evangelist based in England. He is married to Emma and has 2 young girls. He is best known for his use of humour to unpack the gospel. He speaks in all different kinds of settings. He works for The forty three trust www.fortythreetrust.com and is a national evangelist in The Elim church as well as an associate evangelist of J. John.
As I sat down to write this article it really made me think - which is a good thing really! Which leaders male or female have really influenced me and why. I have to say it wasn’t a particularly easy task. Even though I have been inspired by lots of people they have often been those who may not be recognised as leaders, but actually they are. My definition of a leader is simple - is anyone following them! It’s a bit simplistic but actually probably a good gauge.
The female leader I feel has brought most to my life is a women by the name of Sarah Whittleston whom I have known for many years and in fact trained her for 2 years as an evangelist. What I feel Sarah most inspires me in is not necessarily what she says (although she is a great speaker), but rather how she has developed in her leadership as an ordained minister in the Elim Church. In a world where female ministers are starting to rightly be recognised I love the way that Sarah has held on to what God has placed in her heart as well as seeking to develop it and then to watch God do the rest. This I feel is a brilliant quality of any leader.
Sarah has a healthy balance of love of prayer, love of evangelism, love of social action and justice issues, love of worship and love for the Word of God. All this stems from her infectious and deep love of Christ. I think it's this balance that inspires me. It is easy as Christians to get caught up on one particular aspect of the faith to the detriment of others - something if I’m really honest I have to watch.
It's difficult to say how my leadership has changed as a result of meeting any individual person - sometimes it's more a gradual influence. I guess the truth is most of what has changed me as a person hasn’t come from something that I’ve seen in a leader but often what I’ve seen in “normal everyday” Christians.