Catalyst ’08 Conference – Live Blogging Guide

Catalyst is all about shaping leaders in the Church, presenting the next big ideas, practices and content. Catalyst exists to ignite passion for Christ and develop leadership potential in the Next Generation, equipping them to engage and impact their world. Every year 12,000 next generation leaders converge on Atlanta in October for the Catalyst Conference, the leadership experience of the year. But Catalyst is more than a conference – it purposes to serve as a leadership filter, continually providing relevant training, innovative events, and cutting edge resources for leaders in the Church.

If you are like me and did not have an opportunity to make it this year check out these blogs for a brief report or even notes from the conference. We must start with Tony Morgan’s updates. Tony Morgan is a pastor and the Chief Strategic Officer at NewSpring Church where he develops creative solutions for communications, technology and NewSpring Ministries–the church’s ministry that equips other church leaders. The following is a list of his notes on some of the featured speakers.

Perry Noble
Andy Stanley
Jim Collins
Steven Furtick
Seth Godin
Craig Groeschel

Two other blogs that are doing a great job at live blogging the Catalyst Conference are Coffee Shop Journal and Ross Middleton’s Blog – Collide Leadership You can also check out Catalyst Backstage with Anne Jackson.


SportPastor’s Top 10 Books on Leadership

I was at Barnes and Noble the other day and I picked up two different books on Christian leadership. Each book was about a successful mega-church. Each book was written by a visionary leader that followed God’s prompting to do church in a way that was attractive to the lost and relevant to the unchurched. The difference between the two books was I owned one and I did not own the other one. So I added it to my stack of 10 magazines and headed to the check out counter.

Yes. Yesterday I listed the top 10 magazines that I am currently reading. Well, wouldn’t you know it that the top 10 leadership books on my desk were extremely jealous that they did not get to make an appearance on the SportsPastor blog. So here are the top 10 books on leadership that I am currently reading or rereading. Some are written by and for pastors and others are written by and for leaders in a variety of fields. Enjoy!

10. Hand Me Another Brick
Timeless Lessons on Leadership
How Effective Leaders Motivate Themselves and Others
Charles R. Swindoll

09. Practicing Greatness
7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders
Reggie McNeal

08. Being Leaders
The Nature of Authentic Christian Leadership
Aubrey Malphurs

07. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
Becoming the Person that People Want to Follow
John Maxwell

06. Good to Great
Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Other Don’t
Jim Collins

05. Leadership by the Book
Tools to Transform Your Workplace
Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, and Phil Hodges

04. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make
Hans Finzel

03. The Creative Leader
Unleashing the Power of Your Creative Potential
Ed Young

02. Next Generation Leader
5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future
Andy Stanley

01. Spiritual Leadership
Principles of Excellence for Every Believer
J. Oswald Sanders

SportsPastor’s Top 10 Magazines

When I walk into Barnes and Noble, the manager smiles becuase he knows that I will ring up a hefty bill of the latest and greatest magazines. When we are 30 minutes early for a flight, it is yet another opportunity to ring up a hefty bill of the latest and greatest magazines for reading on the airplane. Yes, I love magazines. As a result, my desk is covered with my favorite leadeship books and now 10 different magazines on topics such as leadership, business, technology, sports, and golf (golf is listed seperately because it is no longer a sport to me – you should see me hack…er…play). From the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, here are the top 10 magazines currently on my desk (also featured in left sidebar):

10. Athlon Sports College Football Preview
(Can we give Arkansas’s McFaddin the Heisman trophy yet?)
09. Athlon Sports Pro Football Preview
(Sunday night has better games but not MNF’s Tony Kornheiser)
08. Fantasy Football Magazine
(With the 16th overall pick the Tailgate Tigers select T.J. WhosYourMama)
07. Golf Digest
(Last summer I shot around 85, but this summer I quit before shooting 88)
06. Business 2.0
(If you love the story behind the technology giants, this magazine is for you)
05. Entrepreneur
(As a designer of sports ministries this magazine provides me with start-up insights)
04. ESPN the Magazine
(ESPN has the sports world covered, but the fleece pullover is not needed in Texas)
03. Sports Illustrated
(I would subscribe to this magazine just to read Rick Reilly’s articles on the back page)
02. Mac Life
(Mac Addict finally made it’s way to the States under it’s new name, Mac Life)
01. Mac World
(I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC that exploded and caused the sportspastor to switch to Mac)

Leadership Reading or “Strength Training”

Some would call it leadership reading…I call it strength training.
Check out my reading list selections for the month of June:

First, Break All the Rules and Now Discover Your Strengths and Go Put Your Strengths to Work