Interview #3 – Gaby VanBreda: Exectutive director of World Impact Network (non-profit organization) and wife of Senior Pastor (co-senior pastor at BFC)

30 Nov

What would you recommend to people who want to be in your position?

Gaby: Know your call. This is not a big-time money making industry (both the church and non-profit organizations). Remember that promotion comes from God. Also, education is key. I have seen many pastors fail because of lack of education. Remember that you are never too old to keep learning. I truly believe that if people want to be on the senior pastor level or be high up there in business, it is necessary to go beyond getting your bachelor’s degree. Also, get involved with wherever you want to be working. Do internships. Stay on top of things. Be a servant.

What is the hardest thing you have had to experience?

Gaby: Rejection from people. If you are going to be in ministry, in particular, you need confidence and self-knowledge. People are going to move on and go to other churches. People you think are your friends will up and leave you. You can’t take these things personally. Many people will swap churches as if it were nothing.

What is the most rewarding thing you have experienced?

Gaby: Living by the Spirit. Nothing compares to living day in and day out by the Spirit of God. Also, seeing all of my kids attend our church, and their kids attend our church. Having my entire family in church is the most rewarding. I would never say the most rewarding thing is financial – because it is not. That is not why I have dedicated my life to this profession.

What is your typical day like?

Gaby: Do you really want to know? (laughs)

My days include: 3 hour board meetings, hospital visits, Dr. appointments, answering emails, phone calls, reviewing accounts, dealings with staff, commnicating 24/7. When I come home, I take care of my husband and do PHD research (on leadership).

How did you get to where you are today?

Gaby: Faithfulness – in the good and the bad. Whether you are in valleys or on mountain tops, always remain faithful and God will see that and reward that.

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