#62 – Lessons from the “Character Zone” with Minister Cliff Canipe

Today Coach D’s good friend Cliff Canipe joins the podcast to discuss the importance of strength and pursuing voluntary hardship for developing character and leadership. Cliff is an international minister based out of South Africa. He travels throughout the continent working with local church leaders to develop their theology, their church operations, and leadership presence in the local community.


Cliff is a man of God, but his version of Christianity is by necessity a rugged and practical one. Working primarily in poor, underprivileged areas of the world, he regularly calls upon both physical strength as well as the strength of character he has developed under the barbell to lead others in difficult economic and sociopolitical situations. In his eyes, it is not enough to be merely spiritual, or intellectual; you must develop your physical self in step with the other aspects of your being.


Cliff shared a verse on the importance of strength for leaders. Joshua, a leader of the Israelites who helped lead the conquest of Canaan, said this of his strength (at the ripe age of 85!):

“I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in.” (Joshua 14:11)


Cliff holds a PhD in New Testament Studies and founded Equippers International, an organization providing teaching and ministry to churches and church leaders throughout the world. He also hosts a podcast called Talking About Jesus.


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