Book Notes | The Catalyst Leader


The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick was an incredible leadership book. I don’t know how else to qualify this book. If you are a leader, or hope to be a leader, this book is one you need to read this year.

I’ve already shared some thoughts from it on How to figure out God’s will, The time has come…, How to be an authentic leader and How to be capable to accomplish your dreams.

In this book, Lomenick uncovers the 8 things leaders today must do to be who God created them to be. Even though this book is marketed as a book for younger leaders (and if you’re under 30 you should read this), it is for a leader of any age.

One of the things I’ve been chewing on is this

To get to the top and to be successful at the top requires two different skill sets.

In fact, after reading this book it made my goals for growth in 2014 obvious to me.

Here are a few highlights:

  • We must never compare our beginning to someone else’s ending.
  • When people lead well, they are more likely to finish well.
  • Ambition must be grounded in wisdom. Inspiration must be pursued with integrity. Dreams must be built with boundaries. And passions need the steady hand of principles to guide them.
  • The right thing said in the wrong way is the wrong thing.
  • Without knowledge of one’s calling, leading well is impossible.
  • Leaders who make the biggest impact also have the strongest sense of calling.
  • A great lesson about leadership: I’m best when I’m being me.
  • If we don’t learn to be content with who God has made us and called us to be, then we will never reach our potential as influencers.
  • We must grow comfortable with who we are before we can share that person with others.
  • God is more interested in the sanctity of his people than the success of our ministries.
  • The best leaders is that they have the ability to “make it happen” and get something over the finish line.
  • Part of being a disciplined leader is being ready.
  • The most influential platforms today revolve around sharing and generosity.

To see other book notes, click here.

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The Time Has Come…


The time has come for you to be who God has called you to be, to live out His purpose for your life.
Never let your ambition force you to create a false self. As you lead, share the real you with others.
Root yourself in an untamable love for God. Seek Him first, and let Him handle the lesser things.
As you pursue this calling, make excellence a nonnegotiable. God deserves your best.
When the time comes to take a risk or make a difficult decision, push through the fear. He’ll sustain you.
Let your convictions and principles steady you. Hold fast to your integrity, discipline, and humility.
When stress runs high and difficulties arise, keep hoping. Remember that with God on your side, a better tomorrow is possible.
Build bridges, not walls, with those around you. There’s power in partnerships.
And finally, don’t believe the lie that you are the center of the universe. Seek out older leaders who can help grow you, encourage you, and guide you.
And then pour your life into others.

From The Catalyst Leader


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Questions to Ask to Review 2013


I’m reading The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick and he has some great questions in it to review your year. As we are getting closer to the end of the year, I thought I’d share them with you.

Year End Review Questions:

1. What are the 2-3 themes that personally defined 2012 for me?

2. What people, books, accomplishments, or special moments created highlights in 2012?

3. Give yourself a grade from 1-10 in the following areas of focus for 2012: vocationally, spiritually, family, relationally, emotionally, financially, physically, recreationally.

4. What am i working on that is BIG for 2013 and beyond?

5. As I move into 2013, is a majority of my energy being spent on things that drain me or things that energize me?

6. How am I preparing for 10 years from now? 20 years from now?

7. What 2-3 things have I been putting off that I need to execute on before the end of the year?

8. Is my family closer at the end of this year? Am I a better friend at the end of this year? If not, what needs to change immediately?

If this is something that is a struggle for you, this book: The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months is a great place to start. 


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Cheap Kindle Books [12.9.13]


Here are some cheap kindle books. Not sure how long they’ll stay that way:

Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.


  1. Tim Challies on When God says to get drunk.
  2. One leader’s system for getting things done.
  3. Sam Rainer on Healthy churches are messy.
  4. How to craft a sunday service to engage those who are not engaged.
  5. Scott Williams on Why so many leaders are like Miley Cyrus.
  6. Reflections on planting 2 churches.

Preach Better Sermons || Brad Lomenick

bookI’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Brad Lomenick. Brad is lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest movements of young Christian leaders. Brad is also author of the newly released book, The Catalyst Leader: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, from Thomas Nelson. Prior to running Catalyst, Brad spent five years involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work magazine and was a management consultant with Cornerstone Group, where he worked with a variety of companies, organizations, and nonprofit enterprises.

Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:

  • A great communicator moves people and inspire people. 
  • If you are moving someone, then you are inspiring someone.
  • A great communicator understands their audience.
  • 20-something’s want to feel like they are part of something bigger. They aren’t attracted to personalities as much as visions.
  • Younger leaders need opportunities to achieve earlier in their career. The church planting movement is a testament to that.
  • If you can’t give younger leaders responsibility, they’ll leave the organization.

Links of the Week

  1. Great summary and picture essay from Mark Driscoll regarding his time at Catalyst.
  2. Jenni Catron on Warning signs in leadership.
  3. Top 15 Steve Jobs quotes.
  4. Bill Hybels on 4 best practices for pastors.
  5. Timely words from Mark Driscoll on Hitting the wall as a leader.
  6. Mormonism, Cults and Christianity.
  7. The miracle of the Acts 29 church planting network. So blessed that Revolution is a part of Acts 29.
  8. Russell Moore on Why you shouldn’t adopt.
  9. Mormonism 101.
  10. Good suggestions to encourage your shepherd: Top Ten Gifts to Give Your Pastor.

Links to Start the Week

  1. Mark Driscoll has a new website that is definitely worth checking out.
  2. Jenni Catron on What they forgot to tell you about being a level 5 leader. This is a great look at the sacrifice it takes to be a top level leader.
  3. Charles Stone on Saving your family without killing your ministry.
  4. Churches need a better online presence.
  5. Mark Driscoll on Alcohol.
  6. Beware of shortcuts. This is a good word.
  7. My thoughts on the latest development from Netflix from a leadership perspective.

Links of the Week

  1. Harvard Business on 8 ways to communicate your strategy.
  2. Dispelling myths of expositional preaching. I love expositional preaching and these are definitely myths.
  3. Leadership network on Finding and developing a campus pastor.
  4. Shaun King on Stressed out pastors, crazy sins, and the death of pastor Zach Tims. This is a great, and sad look at what it can be like for pastors and how a church can help.
  5. 13 things Perry Noble would tell church planters. Great list here for planters or those thinking about it.
  6. Joe Thorn on Preaching like a man on fire.
  7. Tim Chester on 12 reasons to give up porn.
  8. Glenn Stanton on The link between premarital sex and divorce.
  9. Can parents make faith for their kids last?
  10. Tim Chester on Is your dining room table on mission?
  11. Jen Smidt on A wife’s testing ground.
  12. Great singleness, great marriage & great sex.
  13. Bob Franquiz on Why you have no leaders in your church.

Links of the Week

  1. Will Mancini on 6 ways to know you are coasting from your vision. Vision drift is the easiest thing to do in leadership.
  2. Christians, NY Times & the real culture war.
  3. Register for October’s Together For Adoption conference here in Phoenix. I’m one of the guest bloggers for it.
  4. Preparing your children for the worship gathering.
  5. Jared Wilson on 10 reasons to under-program your church. Couldn’t agree more. It is hard to stay a simple church at Revolution, but totally worth it to help people grow and stay focused on our mission.
  6. 10 characteristics of a great team.
  7. Kevin Myers on Don’t be a “used to” leader.