Interview with Brad Lomenick, Catalyst CEO: The Catalyst Leader & Calling (Part 2)

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Our FaithWalkers journey continues today with Part 2 of my interview with Brad Lomenick, CEO of Catalyst on the topic of calling. If you missed Part 1, click here to start at the beginning. Our discussion stems from his new book The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, releasing this coming Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Look for my review of the book here tomorrow. And now, on to Part 2 of my interview with Brad Lomenick on … [Read more...]

Interview with Brad Lomenick, Catalyst CEO: The Catalyst Leader & Calling

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I recently had the privilege to talk with Brad Lomenick, CEO of Catalyst. His new book  The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker is, in itself, a change maker. My review will follow in the coming days. If you haven't yet attended one of the Catalyst conferences, you simply must do whatever it takes to get there. Given my own faith journey and interest in helping people find their calling, the subject of his first chapter, we drilled down into that topic during our … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Church Planting Rev: Interview with Dan Nichols

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Ever wonder what's it really like to be a church planting pastor? Today we hear the confessions of one of the bright lights in the Evangelical world who's doing just that. I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Dan Nichols through his years as a high school student where he led the school's worship efforts. It's been a delight to watch him grow, first as Student Body President at Baptist Bible College and now as he follows God's call to plant a fresh church with a team in Wilkes … [Read more...]

North Korea and Kim Jong-un: Why Insecure Leaders Concern Me

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To be honest, I've been sort of ignoring the whole North Korea thing, thinking it's just another dictator flailing about for attention. But then he does have nuclear weapons and he seems to be firing up his reactors again. And I will be flying in and out of Tokyo a couple of times in the next few weeks. That's awfully close to North Korea now that I think about it. Aside from the potential for having my travel plans disturbed, here's what concerns me most about Kim Jong-un and his … [Read more...]

Side-Splitting April Fool’s Day Story — Unless You’re a Baptist?

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As I was prepping for a leadership speaking session on communication, I came across this side-splitting story of communication gone horribly wrong. It makes the perfect blog entry for April Fool's Day. You likely stopped in to FaithWalkers expecting some pithy wisdom for your walk. Instead, you get some pious bathroom humor. I suspect you'll enjoy it -- even if you are a Baptist. I chose not to use it in my upcoming leadership session simply because there's no way I'd get through it … [Read more...]

How to Delegate Like a Pro

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It's hard for me to delegate because it's hard for me to let go. As a parent, it's easier for me to just do something than to give my kids a shot at it. As a leader, it's more comfortable for me to hold on to a task I know I can do well, than to delegate it to someone else. Come to think of it, learning to delegate effectively is a walk of faith. [ See my post The Secret to Living by Faith ] So I guess it's appropriate that we talk about it here at FaithWalkers. Lessons from … [Read more...]

Learn How to Pass the Faith Test

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Most of us cringe somewhere deep within when we hear the word -- test. School taught us that tests are events to be feared. Red pens. Snickers from our classmates. Numbers not up to expectations. For far too many of us, tests are pre-cursers to failure. And that's a shame, because the only way for our faith to grow is for it to pass the test. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what? I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered. I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly.... Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]

When All You Can Do Is Trust

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A recent airplane flight reminded me that there are times in life when all you can do is trust. They happen much more than we might think, these life moments that require faith from us. My reminder came with a brief airplane ride, one of those where it takes you longer to drive to the airport than it does to fly to your destination. Because the flight was short, the plane was small. Kind of like a can turned sideways with jet engines attached. And a few vinyl seats tossed in to fool you into … [Read more...]

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you? Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late. How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]