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Young Influencers List December Edition

Here you go, the December edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past editions here.

1. Cecil Shorts III - NFL wide receiver for the Houston Texans. 

2. Jessica Ekstrom - founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, an innovative company creating jewelry and accessories that end up providing hope and dignity to children with cancer. 

3. Barnabas Piper - Nashville based author, speaker, blogger and brand manager of Leadership Development for LifeWay

4. JGivens - Jeremiah Givens, uber talented hip hop artist, producer, rapper, DJ and part of Humble Beast records. 

5. Daniel Lucas - lead pastor of Better Life Church in Morehead, KY. 

6. Zakiya Larry - Dallas based speaker and director of media relations for TD Jakes Ministries, along with CEO of Quest Media Training. 

7. Dan Lin - LA based film producer and CEO of Lin Pictures, with such notable films as The Lego Movie and Sherlock Holmes to his credit. 

15 Organizations worth a Year End Gift

It's end of the year, and lots of us wait until the last week of the year to give to churches, ministries and non profit organizations. 

Knowing that, I wanted to recommend a few organizations that I think are worth a year end gift. All of these organizations are ones that I'm invested in- both in terms of giving gifts and supporting them, as well as knowing the staff and the people behind these organizations. So as you think about year-end giving, I would recommend any of these organizations as a great place to invest.

Here are some organizations I can give my five star rubber stamp approval on: 

1. Convoy of Hope - they brought their trucks to Catalyst for several years, sponsored the Present: Hope Bike Tour a couple of years ago, and are now feeding hundreds of thousands of kids around the world. I've seen their work up close the last several years on several trips to Haiti and Nicaragua. Their feeding programs and disaster response and relief is amazing.

2. Red Eye Inc. my friend Justin Mayo heads up this "under the radar" community of young influencers and creatives in some of the leading global cities (LA, NYC, Sydney, London) that are using their talents to make a difference in a positive way.

3. Compassion- go sponsor a child. I sponsor several. I've seen their work up close in Rwanda, Guatemala and Ecuador. Your money is being stewarded well.

4. Young Lifebeen involved with Young Life since college. No one creates better experiences for teenagers and introduces the Gospel in such a compelling and loving way.

5. Plywood People - leading a community of startups "doing good." Run by longtime friend Jeff Shinabarger. I have served on the board for several years, so I'm a bit biased. Initiatives such as Plywood Presents, Gift Card Giver, and coaching of young social innovators is part of the Plywood People mission.

6. San Francisco City Impact - a rescue mission run by Christian Huang, doing incredible work in the tenderloin district in downtown San Francisco, meeting spiritual and physical needs of the inner city. Including community outreach, homeless shelters, feeding program, and church. 

7. International Justice MissionGary Haugen and the team at IJM have been fighting sex trafficking and human slavery for the last 20 years. Rescuing victims as well as bringing justice to areas where no justice exists.

8. HOPE Internationalrun by good friend Peter Greer, HOPE provides micro-finance loans all over the world, helping give dignity and lift people out of poverty. A $100 gift goes a long way.

9. charity: waterperhaps my favorite non-profit organization in the world. Scott Harrison and team have revolutionized the concept of providing clean water globally, and are only getting started.

10. One Days WagesEugene Cho makes it easy to see the impact of giving up one day of your salary. And he leads by example.

11. First Response Team of Americagood friend Tad Agoglia and his team provide help and hope at times when communities need just that- following disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

12. Atlanta Mission- an amazing organization focused on ending homelessness in the city of Atlanta. One of the best run homeless missions in the country.

13. A21 Campaign- headed up by Nick and Christine Caine, rescuing those trapped in human trafficking and modern day slavery all around the world. Their goal is to end injustice in the 21st century.

14. Word Made Flesh- I love what they do in serving the poorest of the poor around the world.

15. Bearings Bike Shop - run by friends Tim and Becky O'Mara, providing hope through bicycles for kids in the city of Atlanta, building community one bike at a time. 

and most importantly- invest in Your Local Church! Make sure you are giving regularly to your local church body. That is the place to start! Mine is Passion City Church, and feel free to give there if you don't have a local church! 

Young Influencers List November edition

Here you go, the November edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past editions here

1. Jon Chu - producer, director and LA based filmmaker, best known for movie Step Up 2. 

2.  Gawvi - DJ, artist, and music producer, part of Reach Records. 

3. Anthony Oneal - speaker and former youth pastor, now part of the Dave Ramsey personality team focused on Students. 

4. Amy Brown - communications director for IF Gathering, and a proud Oklahoman! 

5.  Josue Urrutia - founding pastor of Mizpu just outside of DC, and board member of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. 

6.  Paul Sohn - award winning blogger, speaker and author of upcoming book on 20 somethings. 

7. Samantha Ponder - sports broadcaster with ESPN. 

Young Influencers List October edition

Here you go, the October edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month's lists and editions here

1. Daniel Murphy- 2nd baseman for New York Mets, who recently set a record for 6 home runs over six games in the playoffs. Check out this video of him sharing a bit of his story. 

2. Meredith Andrews- singer, songwriter, and worship leader, and part of the Vertical Church band. 

3. Jarryd HayneAustralian born Rugby professional, and now NFL football player for the San Francisco 49ers. 

4. Branden Harvey- Portland and Nashville based storyteller, photographer, Snapchat sensation, and overall social media strategist with Clif Bar, Smart Car and more. . 

5. Liz Vice - filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and artist. CT describes her as if "Al Green and Adele got together to sing about Jesus." 

6. Ryan Graves- senior vice president of global operations at Uber, one of my favorite new orgs, and greatest apps of all time! 

7. Lindsay Van Zyldirector of marketing for Catalyst

October Brad Recommends List

A brand new list I am creating, The "Brad Recommends" List

Releasing monthly. With my recommendation on new resources, albums, books, websites and more. 

There will be 4 categories each month with the Brad Recommends list. 


1. The Comeback - by Louie Giglio 

2. Live Love Lead - by Brian Houston

3. #Struggle - by Craig Groeschel 

4. Sandcastle Kings- by Rich Wilkerson Jr. 

5. Intentional Living - by John Maxwell 

** bonus ::  H3 Leadership - by ME!! 


1. Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast

2. 5 Leadership Questions Podcast

3. Dose of Leadership

4. Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

5. Coffee with Chris Caine



2. Bill Blankschaen (Faithwalkers)

3. Matt Brown (Think Eternity)




1. Deluxe Edition - Pentatonix

2. MSC (Live in LA) - Mosaic MSC

3. Open Heaven/River Wild- Hillsong Worship 

4. The Wonderlands - Jon Foreman

5. This Glorious Grace- Austin Stone Worship