Rod Waters, with his wife Wendy, has planted two churches in over 30 years of ministry. They planted their first church over 30 plus years ago in the tropical far north of Western Australia, in Broome.
Rod was also a team pastor in our church for a few years, and over 20 years ago planted C3 Church Joondalup which he still pastors today. He’s also a business owner and an investor.
Rod Waters is a close friend and we even went to high school together.
John Finkelde: What would you say to your 35-year-old self about organizing your week as a pastor and as a leader?
Rod Waters: Organization was something which wasn’t my strength. I love my spontaneity.
However, it cost me dearly because I’d often didn’t use a calendar and just used my head. A lot of things got neglected and forgotten. Then there’d always be those midnight screamers, where you’d wake up with a fright thinking, “Oh no, I’ve forgotten something,” or, “I forgot to call that person.”
Inevitably, my sermon would boil down to the end of the week and I would start frantically listening to sermon tapes on Saturday afternoon, hoping that God might speak to me.
I’d neglect the family, and if I could have 35 again, I would say that Saturday is for your family.
After many, many years of frenetically preparing on Saturday, and even into Saturday nights, I started doing my sermons during the week.
I wish I had done that earlier.