Five Questions: John Greenall

Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important?

I’m John and I’m the National Field Director at the Christian Medical Fellowship (www.cmf.org.uk) in the UK. I’m a paediatrician by training and combine that with my work with CMF. I head up our fieldwork with students, nurses and doctors to unite and equip them to live and speak for Jesus Christ in healthcare. My passion is leadership development in areas such as parenting and children, apologetics, global healthcare, advocacy and the day in day out work in healthcare. Medicine is at the interface of questions such as ‘what does it mean to be human’ and seeing Christians discipled in this area is key as we compassionately care for others and share the gospel with them.

What’s your most valuable skill?

I’m a starter and talent spotter. Starting programmes, training cohorts and inspiring people with the big picture vision is my passion. A bit like a number 10 on the football pitch, I get a kick out of helping others understand why they are on this planet.

Describe a tool, technique or practice that makes a difference to your work.

What we call High Impact volunteering. It’s harnessing a set of principles that govern how we recruit, select, equip and lead volunteer leaders. I truly believe that when you look after your leaders, when you envision and equip them, then the work looks after itself.

What advice do you most need to hear?

You try and do too much too fast and you’re on your way to burnout…again.

Suggest an endearing and humorous question for question number five – and answer it.

“What musical genre would you enjoy performing if you were a global superstar?”  I have to admit, whatever Michael Bublé sings.

One last thing – suggest one or two people you know whose answers you’d like to read, and who you think would enjoy answering.

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Five Questions: Stu Patience

Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important?

I’m Stu. I’m part of the team at Saya Suka Membaca (sayasukamembaca.org), a literacy charity in Jakarta. We’re working so that children in poor communities across Indonesia can have the chance to learn to read, and to love reading. It’s important because literacy – the ability to read with fluency, critical understanding and enjoyment, and to write to communicate and to think – is one of the cornerstones of education, and I think it can change the world.

What’s your most valuable skill?

My ability to learn – and get reasonably good at – lots of skills, and to bring them together to help people get things done.

Describe a tool, technique or practice that makes a difference to your work.

Apart from reading and taking inspiration wherever I can find it… getting a working understanding accounting and double-entry bookkeeping has been really useful in managing projects, and helping me get a really good handle on what the different things we do actually cost, and how our spending reflects – or doesn’t reflect – our priorities. It’s also been hugely important for developing relationships with new donors, and is surprisingly satisfying.

What advice do you most need to hear?

You are a pain in the backside when you try to do everything – spend more time finding and training people who are better than you at one of the things you tend to hold onto, and let them go.

Suggest an endearing and humorous question for question number five – and answer it.

Today I like “Which character from a children’s book or TV show would you most be?” – I’d be Dangermouse, who is spectacular … and the Enormous (driverless) Crocodile.

One last thing – suggest one or two people you know whose answers you’d like to read, and who you think would enjoy answering.

They’ll be receiving an email from me shortly…