FOUND IN THE WONDER AND BUSTLE OF NEW YORK CITY
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Tolu Badders and I live in New York City. I’m married to “Captain Awesome” (aka Brett), and I’m Nigerian in background. I work on team with Hillsong Church, helping to manage our New York staff and oversee the day-to-day running of church life… I help ensure the plates are spinning as they should.
WHAT ENCOURAGES YOU PERSONALLY?
I think the power of human beings to forgive, change and move on is inspiring. There’s nothing more touching than to see Christ exemplified in another person. When you see someone being purely selfless or truly kind – it refreshes my soul and challenges me to be better.
DO YOU HAVE A LIFE VERSE, AND WHY?
Romans 8 where it says that nothing can separate me from God’s love. Knowing this gives me courage, strength and freedom.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE COLOUR SISTERHOOD MESSAGE OR EXPERIENCE THAT RESONATES THE MOST WITHIN YOU PERSONALLY?
Pastor Bobbie’s messages at Colour this past year really got me thinking. I challenged myself – what if I grabbed hold of everything I heard? What if I didn’t just hear it, but fully believed it and embodied it? What if I allowed the truth to fully course through my daily world and the way I carry myself – my mindsets, paradigms of thinking, actions, conversations and decision making. Then I thought, what if every woman in that room took hold of it also and allowed it to transform her life… they could seriously change the world!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE ‘FIELD’ THAT YOU CURRENTLY FIND YOURSELF IN?
It never gets boring – one minute I’m meeting with creative team to talk through upcoming events or venue design, then I’m having discussions about potential real estate opportunities (we desperately need a permanent home for church in New York), through to rolling out new initiatives to increase the sense of community within our growing church.
DO YOU EVER FEEL CHALLENGED WITHIN YOUR ROLE?
Totally – there are a gazillion things we want to achieve, but it often takes much longer than anticipated to work things through. Having patience is a challenge, plus remembering to stop and celebrate progress is a discipline I’m still learning.
HOW DID YOU ENTER THIS POSITION IN NYC?
When the New York church was planted 6 years ago, I volunteered to manage the sign-up sheet for a connect group. It was one sheet of paper and I simply had to make sure any new people gave us their details so we could help them further. Since then it’s just been saying yes to whatever I’ve been asked to do. I love filling the gaps.
ARE THERE FRUSTRATIONS WITHIN YOUR CALLING?
I’m a planner, so I always want to know everything about what’s coming up. But God is showing me that I just need to know the next step. I just need to step forward and do that next step well – and He will direct the plan He has for my life. Whenever I’m offered a new step or new role, my first thought is usually that I don’t have the capacity for it – but then God reminds me of how He has prepared me for this exact season. All I need to do is step up and have faith.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE COLOUR AND TELL US WHY YOU CALL PASTOR BOBBIE “BIRDIE”?
I love to look at yellow and I love wearing black. I love giving nicknames to the people I love. Why call anyone by their birth name is my motto? Ha! But seriously… whenever I talk with Pastor Bobbie, hear her preach, or watch her lead, I feel like I’ve caught glimpse of a beautiful rare bird. She’s one of a kind. Graceful like a dove. And there’s a delicacy and softness to her and the way she speaks. But there is also toughness and great strength. Perfect combo. And whenever you watch her do pretty much anything, she soars.