How do you disconnect from your work at the
end of the day, or at the end of an overseas trip?
I picked up gardening, and have learned so much about
leadership through this hobby. It also allows me to spend
time with our three young daughters and teach them life
lessons while having fun.
Who are your heroes?
Athanasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, was the chief defender of Trinitarianism against the Arian heresy prevalent among Christians in his day. He was known as Athanasius Against the World – because he stood for truth
against his own boss (Arius), a majority of the bishops
of the early Church and powerful Roman emperors. My
heroes are people like Athanasius, who are so in love with
Jesus and His word that they stand up for Him despite
threats of persecution, imprisonment, exile and death.
Pioneers Canada is looking for modern-day Athanasiuses.
What leadership book do you give out most
There are many good leadership books out there. I con-
sider what a person needs for their age, maturity and
situation. I usually give three books to
any leader that reports to me: Good to
Great: Why Some Companies Make the
Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
(Harper Business, 2001); The Return
of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
(Image Books/Doubleday, 1994); and
Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment
to Excellence for Every Believer by J.
Oswald Sanders (Moody Publishers,
2007). These three books have shaped
my own understanding of leadership.
What is your best leadership ad-
Mistakes are inevitable. Therefore,
take risks and don’t be afraid of failure. However, learn from your mistakes and try not to make the same
What is the mission that drives
Nearly 3 billion people are considered
unreached. Our passion is not only
to see evangelistic churches planted
among those who have the least opportunity to hear the gospel, but also for them to equip
and send out their own missionaries. Since most of
those who have yet to hear are in places difficult for
missionaries to enter, we use innovative means and
methods to minister.
How do you view Pioneers’ relationship with the
Canadian Christian community?
We are developing synergistic partnerships with local
churches and organizations, looking for ways that each
partner can contribute their unique resources, experience, and expertise to co-labour in God’s redemptive
plan. One way we do this has been through our Church
Partners’ Forum events, engaging with church leaders
to discuss and take practical steps in taking the gospel
to the hardest places together.
What are the most pressing global issues for
the Church to respond to in the next few years?
To engage in bringing lost people into God’s Kingdom.
One way is to develop and send out biblically sound
men and women who are culturally adept, and growing
in character and intimacy with Christ. FT
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James Kim is executive director of Pioneers
Canada, a church-planting mission organization
engaged with people who have the least access to
the gospel around the world ( www.pioneers.ca).