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Matt Chandler: How Cancer Has Changed Me

Mortality brings a new definition of success and appreciation for God's grace.

The upcoming March/April issue of Catalyst Leadership features an interview with Matt Chandler. Just over a year ago he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Through surgery and ongoing radiation and chemo treatments, Chandler has maintained his leadership role at The Village Church and kept everyone up to date on his journey through his blog posts. Skye Jethani spoke with Chandler to hear how cancer has impacted his view of leadership, the church, and himself. Here is a preview of the interview:

How has fighting cancer changed your perspective as a leader?

It's made me think a lot more about my mortality. For example, if I die and The Village Church falls apart, do I care? I'll be honest, I don't. It seems to me that when you look at history, God raises up certain men for certain seasons in certain places. He pours out his Spirit on them, and when they're done its very rare for God to continue the work that was done uniquely through him. If I die and The Village ends, I'm alright with that. ...

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