Learning to Lead Episode #41: Kurt Bjorklund

In this podcast, I interview Kurt Bjorklund, Pastor of Orchard Hill Church. In the interview, we talk about leadership and ministry. You can find the Kurt’s bio, questions that I asked, my key takeaways, and ways to connect with Kurt below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!

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Kurt was welcomed as the Senior Pastor of Orchard Hill in November 2005. He holds a B.A. in Business from Wheaton College, earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to assuming the leadership of Orchard Hill Church, Kurt served for over 10 years as the Senior Pastor of a church in Michigan. Kurt, his wife, Faith, and their four sons live in Sewickley.

Connect with Kurt:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kurt.bjorklund.3?fref=ts 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KurtBjorklund1 

Church: http://www.orchardhillchurch.com/

Book: http://www.amazon.com/Prayers-Today-Yearlong-Journey-Contemplative/dp/0802463509 


  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions!

Personal Leadership:

  • Walk us through your leadership journey . . . How did you learn leadership?
  • Can you name one or two people who have had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • How do you balance ministry with your family life?
  • How do you process pain as a leader?

Young Leaders: 

  • What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  • What can young leaders do to set themselves apart in their organizations?
  • Where do you see young leaders “missing it” most often?
  • If you could give young leaders any advice, what would it be?

Closing Questions:

  • Our of everything you’ve accomplished in your life and ministry, what are you most proud of?
  • Where do you see yourself in 15 years and What do you want your legacy to be?

Some Key Takeaways: 

  • Books to read: The Leadership Challenge, 30 Days to Confident Leadership, The Dark Side of Leadership, Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
  • If it’s not a moral failure or a trust failure, it’s not bad
  • Schedule your family events first, ministry second
  • If people’s pain doesn’t bother you, you need to get a different job
  • You are not called to impress
  • Entitlement gets leaders off track
  • Lead well where you are
  • People will be moved more by who you are than what ou do
  • Be who God called you to be

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