Leading Others To Healing & Hope
Pastor George M. Crisp of the Angels Healing & Recovery Church talks to Stout about leading on the front lines to make change happen for others.
Pastor George M. Crisp of the Angels Healing & Recovery Church, is a recovered alcoholic and drug addict who has dedicated his life to serving others who are in distress, whether through homelessness or addiction, through the Bridge of Angels and other spiritual outreach programs.
Describe a servant leader and what are its advantages?
A servant leader is someone who has been called to place others needs above their own desires and to make change happen in people’s lives, in situations or where there is difficulty and need.
Do you consider yourself to be one, and if so, how?
Yes, I have been called to help homeless addicts and alcoholics to get their lives restored. I once was an alcoholic and drug addict for 21 years. At the age of 41, I was dying, I prayed, “God if you’re real help me.” I’ve been sober and clean ever since. I’m 67 years old now, thank you, Jesus.”
A servant leader is someone who has been called to place others needs above their own desires.
Who/What (people and/or tools) has helped you develop your leadership skills in this area most?
Billie Mieri who mentored me with Bible studies and got me into a Spiritual Life with the Bible. David Wilkerson, Preacher Within, who started the Teen Challenges, World Challenge and Times Square Church in New York City.
Who do you consider to be the best examples of servant leadership?
The best examples of Servant Leadership are ones who have had to overcome tough situations in their lives. Ones who lead on the front lines, not the ones who send others to do the work.
What do you wish others knew about becoming a servant leader?
That becoming a servant leader, there is work to do and they must be willing to listen to the ones they are trying to help. And remember, you can’t help anyone unless they are willing to help themselves.
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Photos courtesy of Angels Healing & Recovery Church.