A sit down exclusive conversation with Mark Driscoll

My friend Mark Driscoll has a new book out entitled Who Do You Think You Are?   I recommend you check it out. It's practical, real, challenging, and helpful. The new book officially releases on January 8, but you can actually purchase now.

Plus, you can win a copy of the book by tweeting quotes from the website here.

You can also enter to win a signed copy here.

Watch my interview with Mark regarding the new book Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ below


New Interview with John Maxwell & FREE webcast

Listen to my recent interview with John Maxwell, best selling author and leadership guru, on the latest edition of the Catalyst Podcast. We talk about his latest book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential. You can listen HERE. You can also enter to win a copy of John's new book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by leaving a comment below with your name and address and a short explanation on why you should receive the book. I'll pick the winners TODAY, so leave a comment by 7 pm EST.

Also, don't miss the FREE webcast tomorrow. John will be teaching on the 15 Laws of Growth Tomorrow (Tuesday), October 9th. It's a free webcast from 7:30 - 9:00 pm EST and you can register here. You will also be able to access the webcast for 30 days on demand, so go ahead and register for FREE to participate even if you can't watch LIVE.

If you live in the Atlanta area, you can attend the webcast LIVE tomorrow at 12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville from 10 am - 11:30 am. More info here.

A Conversation w/London based singer, songwriter and worship leader Tim Hughes

A couple of weeks ago I was in London and had the pleasure of attending the HTB Leadership Conference. If you are not familiar with Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), then you need to check out what they are up to. They are one of the most influential churches in the world, and have tremendous influence and favor in London and across the UK and throughout Europe. After being there for several days and connecting with many of their leaders, along with leaders from Hillsong London and other great churches and organizations throughout London and across the United Kingdom, I'm incredibly hopeful and optimistic regarding the Global Church. Everyone seems to think that the Gospel is not alive and well in the UK. Well, I'm convinced otherwise!

While in London, I had the chance to hang a bit more with Tim Hughes, who currently serves on staff with Holy Trinity Brompton as Director of Worship. Tim is a longtime singer, songwriter, pastor, and worship leader. He is the co-founder of Worship Central, an international worship training and resource center, as well as a band and label with an epic album entitled Spirit Break Out that you need to download now!

Tim has written songs such as Happy Day, Everything, Here I am to Worship, and Holding Nothing Back.

Below is my recent conversation with Tim, regarding HTB, Worship Central, his heart for training and resourcing worship leaders, and his favorite Olympic sport! (I apologize for the sync problems on the video and audio midway through the interview). Enjoy!


My interview with Michael Hyatt + great offer on Platform book

I had the chance earlier today to catch up with my good friend Michael Hyatt, chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers and soon to be best-selling author of his brand new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. In the short interview below, we chat about the new book, some of the key takeaways, and also what he believes is the one key in building your platform.

Make sure you purchase the book this week and you will also receive some extra digital resources worth over $350, all for free in conjunction with the book purchase. But you have to purchase this week. Check out more of the details here.





6 Great Video interviews from the archives

Here you go, 6 great video interviews from the archives for your weekend enjoyment! Jon Acuff, Part One


Jon Acuff, Part Two


Reggie Joiner with David Kinnaman


Jack Dorsey interviewed backstage at Catalyst West 2011


Blake Mycoskie, Part One


Blake Mycoskie, Part Two



Highlights from my interview with Chris Tomlin

Back in the summer I sat down with my friend Chris Tomlin, singer, songwriter, worship leader and pastor at Passion City Church. You can listen to that interview here or better yet, download from iTunes for Free.  Here are some highlights from the interview with Chris, as captured by Brian Dodd originally in this post he did.

  1. “We’re trying to navigate who’s in our church…Who’s at the core.”
  2. “The church is not a physical building. The church is people.”
  3. “It’s (leading worship) serious business because you’re dealing with people.”
  4. I’m trying to write the songs for the church. I’m not trying to write the next radio hit.”
  5. “From cribs to the end of life we want one central theme in this church, the glory of Jesus Christ.”
  6. It’s the greatest mystery I’ve ever known.” – Paul McCartney on song writing.
  7. “At the end of the day I am trying to write a response to God.”
  8. “He (Louie Giglio) started building me up and believing in me, mentoring me…Everyone needs someone who believes in you.”
  9. The poorer you are, the richer in faith.”
  10. “The biggest thing in planting a church is to listen…listen more than you talk…Leading with humility.”
  11. God gives different people different influence at different times.”
  12. What is going to change the world is a few. The few people will live and die for it.”
  13. “When you’re becoming a band mate, you’re hiring a friend more than a musician.”
  14. Anyone who does leadership.... it’s so tough because you make decisions that affect a lot of people…Anyone who has a sense of care and compassion carries that.”
  15. “It’s good that the pastor does not see the worship time as a warm-up for his message.”
  16. “He (Giglio) is completely engaged with us.”
  17. “When you get done (with your worship set), it’s not a time to sit in the green room.”
  18. Louie makes edits to what I’m thinking all the time.”
  19. “At the end of the day, the pastor is the lead worshiper of the church. As a musician you have to put yourself under that.”
  20. You’re not going to change the church past where the pastor thinks it ought to go.”
  21. “Will you give me simple songs God that people can sing?”
  22. "Songwriting is not a weird or magical thing. It takes work and we take it very seriously. You don't just sit down at a piano and start playing. You have to work at it. Same thing with writing songs."
  23. "I always pray that the Presence of God on these songs is what will connect with people."
  24. "You don't just cruise through life by yourself. You have to have people all along the way that God has placed in your life to take you to the next step and help you understand what God has wired you to do."

You can follow Chris on Twitter.

And I can't wait for the new Passion 2012 Live Album that will release in March. If you were at Passion 2012 earlier this month, you had the chance to sing the songs that Chris, Christy Nockels, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, and the rest of the Passion crew have written for the global Church and will soon be available to all.

5 Great Leadership interviews on the Catalyst Podcast

Just another reminder about the Catalyst Podcast, which is FREE on iTunes or on the Catalyst Website. Over 150 episodes from the past 5 years, but wanted to highlight 5 recent interviews/episodes you should check out.

Again, GO TO iTunes to download all of these and more for Free.

John C. Maxwell - best-selling leadership author.

Bill Hybels - founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church.

Jim Collins - best-selling author of Good to Great and management guru.

Marcus Buckingham - best-selling author of Now Discover Your Strengths.

Michael Hyatt - chairman of Thomas Nelson and one of the top leadership bloggers in the world.

bonus: Priscilla Shirer, Francis Chan, Joel Houston, John Piper and Jon Acuff. Just to name a few. All available for Free.