Episode #60: Interview with Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch

In this episode, I interviewed Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch. I’ve known Ben for over a decade. He is an incredible leader, a Godly father and husband, and a great friend. Get your notebooks out and get ready to take notes while listening to this interview. It is filled with wisdom from lessons Ben has learned while planting a church. Whether you’re a ministry leader, a church planter, or a business leader, this interview will add value to you.

You can find the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, ways to connect with Ben below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!

We also had Ben speak at our Learning to Lead breakfast last September. It was one of the best leadership lessons I’ve heard. You can listen to Ben’s talk , “How to Kill Your Leadership” here.

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Episode #60: Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch



Connect with Ben


  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions!
  • What’s one thing about Ben Rath that people would be surprised by?
  •  You’re a church planter. What has planting a church taught you about leadership?
  • What have you learned about being content with the story God is writing for you?
  • You’ve lead in the business world and in the church world. What can church leaders learn from the business world and vice versa.
  • In September, you spoke at our leadership breakfast about becoming healthy as a leader, can you tell us what you’ve learned about getting healthy and staying healthy as a leader?
  • How do you process pain as a leader?
  • 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?
  • In your experience, what can ministry leaders learn from business leaders and vice versa?
  • You’re passionate about developing the next generation. How do you actually do that?
  • 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?
  • 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?

Key Takeaways: 

  • Culture is being created whether you want it to be or not
  • We’ve got the best leadership book in the world!
  • Your organization will only be as healthy as you are
  • We should be trying a lot more things
  • Success is defined as faithfulness
  • Trust what’s in your hand. You have everything you need to do what God’s called you to do.
  • Don’t be told what to do, take initiative
  • Get the job done!
  • Your ideas don’t make you a leader
  • When you prove your voice, you earn a seat at the table
  • Don’t do life and leadership alone – find your 3 people!
  • Die empty
  • You’re doing better than you think you are

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