From The Goodbye Party –
I want to tell you a story about A Guy Named Chad.
My first year on staff This Guy Named Chad came into the Champaign Chapter.
I was assigned to work with A Guy Named Chad a few times.
One of those times was at the Urbana conference. We had a student leadership track and Chad was in my track there. I think my impression of Chad then was he was a good guy, missional student, going to make an impact on the Champaign chapter. But I did not get a sense then of the passion and commitment to communication and in particular with large groups that A Guy Named Chad had.
My next episode of Chad was at the Metamorphosis conference, which most of you know as Fall Conference now. Chad was working with his events team and talking about what should happen at large group and Chad just gets…enraged. He was so mad! He was so upset because the large group team was not understanding a vision he had. It was a missional thing, it was something he wanted to be done and done well and the other people just weren’t on board.
So I ran into Chad pacing outside the room and I’m look “oooh, what’s going on there?”
So I ask Chad “Chad, what’s happening?”
And Chad proceeds to be this far away from me (about 18 inches) yelling about what’s happening. “Well this is going on and this is not happening and..!”
And I’m like “Whoa!”
But luckily I don’t mind a good fight. So I stepped in. So that was the beginning of the bond between Chad and I. And it was the beginning of understanding how passionate Chad is about the things he cares about and how invested he is. His ability to work with others has increased quite a bit – and his ability to hold the rage in and process it differently has changed. But that passion is still true.
And so that’s my favorite memory of Chad, him sort of letting loose in that argument created a bond.
So in honor of Chad I’ve created a little creative communication myself. Hopefully it will be a memorable one. It’s an acrostic to help us remember things about Chad.
First of all…C
Chad is Creative in Communications.
So, I told you of his passion for large groups. At one point while he was a student Chad actually dressed up as a wrestler and was so committed to that theme that he wrestled at large group.
Chad goes on adventures and takes lots of pictures.
Chad has and maintains a website.
I remember one particularly creative communication he made about how all romantic comedies are basically one, making a concept map between romantic comedies.
And I just have to tell you – I’ve known Chad to be interested in a few different ladies over the years, and seen his creative communications in dating. Chad is quite a pro of thinking of creative ways to care or invest. One particular time, a certain girl he was interested in, had some sort of problem with the plumbing at her house she was renting, and Chad actually – wait! This isn’t creative communication!
But that leads into my next one…
Hart’s Got heart.
Chad is quite the romantic. So Chad waited at this house until the technician came and did the work and everything went okay. In another incident he purchased a pizza without any cheese or other things that this person was allergic to so that this person could enjoy Papa Del’s pizza, too.
He’s also – I suppose romantically, too – but he’s also so loyal. Once Chad is on your side and Chad is your friend he is your friend forever. He’s totally committed that things go well for you and that you stay connected.
And Chad cares very well for students. This student David became a Christian in the ministry and Chad discipled over the years. It’s just one example of a relationship Chad invested in and expressed deep empathy and compassion. It’s not always readily on the surface but it’s there and students that get to know Chad can feel it and know that Chad is on their side.
Chad Hart is A True Individual.
What ways don’t we know this?
First of all the affinity for Guns N’ Roses. Other people have that, too, but he’s held it for a long time. People make Christmas cards and birthday cards, but what does Chad do? He makes New Years Cards for people. Also who socializes, but Chad, by bringing his computer to a table and doing other creative communications late at night at retreats while people play games around him? An individual. And who shows their emotional agreement at a talk or something else by grunting?
That is Chad. A True Individual.
Chad Hart is Dedicated To A Quality Product.
I remember Chad when he was a student leader being at The Loft all night editing video for large group and wanting to see these things turn out perfectly.
I remember Chad putting into a ton of work into something we still use, which is our Chapter Events Team Manual. He wanted everyone else to learn how to do the structure and use it well. Brittany says thanks and Sam would, too, if he were here. All the people following Chad have picked that up and learned how to do it because of Chad’s work on this quality product.
He really has a huge commitment to doing things well and doing whatever he’s doing all in.
All which we appreciate and Guns N’ Roses appreciates… and we’re so grateful for A Guy Named Chad.
Thanks, Katie. I appreciate it.