DEC: Mark, what is the time management advice you’ve been given that has been most helpful?
MW: Ordering priorities. My tendency is to do the lesser important things because they don’t take much time. Once I start something I don’t like to stop. But I am learning to take the most important things and break them into small achievable steps, schedule them and accomplish each step.
DEC: How about leadership advice?
MW: Develop a better sense of delegation. The encouragement and effective use of delegation. It’s hard for me to ask for help and it’s easy for me to do it myself. I don’t believe I can do it better than someone else. It’s just hard for me to ask for help.
DEC: I’ve watched you grow in leadership and time management. You are a very productive member of our staff. This past weekend’s Fine Arts Weekend and the Magnify concert was proof of that. Thanks for growing as a leader. What discourages you in ministry?
MW: I get overwhelmed because I haven’t asked for enough help. I end up doing more that I should.
DEC: A pastor is to equip others to do ministry as Ephesians 4 teaches. I have seen a lot of people start serving in ministry in various places at Woodland, since you’ve became a member of the pastoral team. You’ve cast vision and modeled ministry as you have recruited others to serve. Thanks for helping them find a place to volunteer.
DEC: Do you exercise?
MW: I exercise Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with free weights.
DEC: Do you play any sports?
MW: I’ve tried golf and I think I want play more. I also enjoy playing ping pong and bocce.
DEC: What do you do for leisure personally and with your family?
MW: I like to play video games with my son Phillip. As a family we play music together, and we also enjoy board games. I love deep strategy board games with a few people. I like puzzle books, like lateral thinking books, like Mensa puzzle books.
For leisure: I enjoy composing and arranging music. Its fun playing along with accompaniment tracks on various instruments in different styles like jazz sax or Celtic flute. I also enjoy art in a variety of Medias, particularly calligraphy. I’m learning a new music composition computer program called, “Sibelius” to write music for instrumentalists in our church. Working through a 700 page manual, it’s as much work related as it is personally fulfilling.
Another thing I enjoy is photography! I love affirming artists and photographers in the church by displaying their talent. We have a photo gallery in the foyer with the current theme, “Sunrise Sunset.” Here are a few photos that I took.
Peace and Joy!