We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Pinkston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joshua, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
There is a certain mentality that is associated with starting a new endeavor. A mindset that can lead to an unhealthy work environment, which in turns leaks into one’s personal life. This mentality is: I have to get it done myself. At first, as with any new endeavor, this is true, but if this thought isn’t laid aside after the initial season it will lead to burn out. I have had to learn this the hard way and over a number of years. Early on, I thought that I had to be involved in every area and had to “manage” my people and the processes. Instead of training, delegating and trusting the process, I micromanaged, worried and kept my hands on everything. Looking back, I can see that this led to an out of balance lifestyle in my business and my personal life. Worry and an over abundance of thoughts kept me awake at night and affected my time with my family and friends. Because I didn’t learn to balance my work, I wasn’t balanced in my personal life.

My views on balance change, the more I learn of leader development and personal growth. This is key to work life balance. When you raise up your leadership team with the same spirit of excellence, you can trust them, the process and ultimately your business to run fairly smoothly. Focusing on what is truly important, instead of running to each fire that pops up, will help you to have peace of mind and will allow you to focus when you are away from work. Even though there will always be seasons of being extra busy, allowing work to stay at work and being present for those in your personal life, will keep you at peace and cause your loved ones to feel valued again.

That is why creating processes and training leaders is of utmost importance and will lead to a more healthy work-life balance.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a Pastor, I believe that bringing hope and help to people is of the utmost importance. This belief has carried through all aspects of our Church which is aspiring to reach out and help those in need in the greater Phoenix area.

If it wasn’t for those who believed in me and my vision to reach those in need, I wouldn’t be here today. Changing the culture of an organization isn’t an easy task, but with endurance and determination and teamwork I have started the task to bring about that change to our organizational culture. We live in a day and age where we have to adapt and find what is truly important and keep to that and cut everything else out. This is hard when you are used to doing things a certain way, but worth it because you will see health and growth come as a result.

Our Church, which was founded 20 years ago, lost the founding Pastor in 2019. After an uncertain time, the Board of Directors found me and asked if I would lead the Church. Since July 2020, the organization has gone from directionless to having a focused mission. Due to the pandemic, we have been able to explore and focus on exactly what our mission is: To Reach people with the message of hope, Equip them for life, and Send them to reach others.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When in Scottsdale, you need to start your day off with breakfast at OEB on Scottsdale road and follow it up with coffee from JoJo Coffeehouse in old town Scottsdale. You need to make sure to visit the old town on Saturday mornings for the farmers market and take a picture in front of the City Hall’s “LOVE” statue. Hiking is a must when in Arizona and it doesn’t disappoint. Camel Back Mountain is worth the slightly difficult hike to the top or taking the trail up Pinnacle Peak. If you are in need of great ambiance, The Rooster Tavern has great fries and a fun environment and the owners are incredibly friendly. You can’t beat the sunset at Bartlett Reservoir or the Sunrise from the top of Black Mountain.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give credit to Don Duncan, the Senior Pastor of Tree Of Life Church in New Braunfels, TX, who mentored me for years in leadership and how to create a healthy culture. I want to also shoutout Tommy Barnett, the founding Pastor of Dream City Church in Phoenix, AZ who helped kindle the fire to serve the local communities with the mantra: “Find a hurt and heal it, find a need and fill it.”

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