Just to keep things interesting, I've asked several people to share their thoughts on Leading Influence. Here's what they have to say.
I have known Tim for over a year now. We met in the public gallery of the B.C. legislative Assembly, where we were both interested in the work our legislators do on behalf of all British Columbians in drafting what is often very difficult legislation.
For Tim, his focus was not only an interest in the legislation, but also how the legislators are doing with their personal lives and the many challenges they face. Tim, as the legislative Chaplain is a consummate listener and has the kind of caring core values and engaging personality that give people an almost instant trust in him.
While not all MLA’s in the legislature are of one spiritual faith they all seem to have great faith in Tim, and the work he does as a non-judgmental and non-partisan basis when they need a person to just listen.
I am personally privileged to call Tim a friend and confidant
Lynn Klein, Victoria, BC
Tim Schindel has become a good friend of many of the MLAs of the BC Legislature, on both sides of the House. Tim has a very welcoming personality and he takes a genuine interest in the lives of the elected politicians. I regularly observe him engaging with MLAs - and legislative staff - and they seem very comfortable conversing with him.
He is especially supportive of the approximately 10-12 Christian MLAs - such as myself. Tim organizes regularly prayer times for those MLAs when the House is in session. He is excited about his ministry and seeks opportunity to present the Gospel to the majority of MLAs who have yet to come to faith.
It has been a pleasure getting to know Tim, as a new MLA (elected in the election of last May) and I look forwarding to benefiting from his important ministry over the balance of this term of office.
Simon Gibson, MLA Abbotsford-Mission
My husband was elected MLA in 2009 and is now serving in his second term. MLAs work long hours and are often away from home. Marc and I came to know Tim Schindel when we started coming to Victoria for sessions in the Legislature. He is an encouragement to us both and we are very blessed to have a chaplain like Tim reaching out to us and the other MLAs and their families. When things have been challenging, Marc has felt comfortable sharing with Tim and praying with him. Tim is caring, encouraging and is dedicated in his chaplaincy service to MLAs.
Marlene Dalton (Marc Dalton Maple Ridge-Mission)
I am very thankful that Tim Schindel is able to support, encourage and visit with members of the BC legislature. Tim has a wonderful sense of humor which is very helpful, he is an awesome listener and is someone I can trust and that is important when it comes to this work. Tim is a real blessing and a shining light who makes me smile even when I think of him, thanks Tim ,may God bless you richly always!
Bill Routley, MLA Cowichan