H3 Leadership: 5 Questions with Brad Lomenick

Lomenick book

Recently, my friend Brad Lomenick, who formerly led Catalyst as the president and lead visionary, released his second book – H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle.

Here’s a Q&A interview that I did with him to learn more about his book.

1. What are the 10 Keys to H3 Leadership?

  1. It’s a habits book
  2. 20 chapters, 20 habits- the 20 habits all great leaders have in common
  3. H3- Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle
  4. Humble, Hungry, Hustle is my own personal leadership mantra
  5. Book is Based on my own failures and learnings
  6. All birthed from a leadership crisis – walking away from Catalyst, turning 40, leadership was stale, and needed a reboot
  7. Incorporates thoughts from other thought leaders
  8. Short chapters with easy to implement action steps
  9. Practical and application driven- dirt under the fingernails book
  10. Leadership is hard, so leadership must be habitual

2. What is your goal with the book?

My hope is that H3 Leadership will serve as a leadership habits “manifesto.” As soon as you create habits, you’ll see these principles start to show up in your leadership on a day-to-day basis. It’s one thing to talk about it and know about it, but it’s another thing to put a process in place and go do it- which is H3 Leadership. One must be intentional to see something change. This is a process book. [Read more…]

Ethnicity and The New Creation


*My post here was originally published on Aug 27, 2015 in The Gospel Project.

In movies like Memento or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the story is told in reverse—we call this technique the reverse chronology method. As counter-intuitive as this method might seem, movies that start with the end can actually be quite compelling, if not more so, than the traditional method of going from start to finish. This is because you’re placed in the seat of an investigator when the first scene of the movie is the end or the climax. You know something that the actors don’t, and you are trying to piece together the actions that they will take, in order to get to that end.

In the same way, you and I are living in a reverse chronology story. We know what is going to happen in the end—Jesus will return and he will usher in his new creation. His kingdom will fully come and be fully realized here on earth as it is in heaven. However, today, we are living in a moment where the kingdom is here but not fully here. We see evidences of God’s fingerprint and his new creation taking shape, but we can’t fully experience it until Jesus returns. As a result, we are living in a time of tension – we are straddling between the now and the not yet. We know what the end will bear, but today we still need to bear through the trials and struggles of this world. We know that in the end, there will be no more tears, grief, crying, pain, and death (Rev 21:4), but today, we face those harsh realities even more so than ever before. The future vision of this new creation is most clearly outlined in Rev 7:9-10. [Read more…]

A New Podcast to Help You Multiply


As many of you may already know, my focus and mission in life is on church multiplication and leadership. That’s why I’m excited to announce that I’m the host on a new podcast with Ed Stetzer and Todd Adkins. The three of us are tag teaming to answer your questions on all things related to church multiplication, multisite, and church planting.

Here’s the thing, every show, we’ll play a voicemail of one of your questions, and then strive to help you as best as we can, by answering your question on this show. You can submit a voicemail at NewChurches.com or at www.speakpipe.com/NewChurches.

So if you would be so kind, please subscribe on iTunes and leave a full rating and review so that others can discover and benefit from this podcast!

Here are the first two episodes:


4 Tips to Casting a Compelling Vision

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Flickr – Ken Teegardin

Every leader needs to be able to cast vision. Casting vision is about painting such a compelling picture of the future that others are willing to follow you on the journey that you’re on. So whether you’re a church planter gathering your launch team, a pastor working on a building plan, a contractor focused on a renovation, or a parent needing to deal with your child’s behavior, being able to cast a compelling vision is leadership 101.

Here are a few tips on casting vision:

  1. Start with prayer. Every great vision is birthed in the prayer closet. If you want to cast a great vision, you need first receive a vision from God. Meditate on the Scriptures, journal and pray for your city, do this with others on your launch team and/or leadership team. I have done this multiple time for the churches and ministries that I’ve been a part of leading, and it’s always started with prayer.
  2. Cast the problem and create tension. Have you ever considered why every story has an antagonist? Or how about the fact that the best stories seem to always have crises’? People won’t listen to your vision unless it answers a tangible problem. So share the problem that your vision will answer. Create tension as you explain the problem as well. People will pay more attention to the vision that you will be presenting.
  3. Share a story about the future. When you cast vision, share it as a story. This will draw people into the future that you’re painting, since we all love narratives and stories. This will also put flesh on your vision so that your vision doesn’t become a stale poster on the wall that is revisited once a year. Furthermore, when you share your vision as a story, it will become more memorable and relatable for your people.
  4. Corporately personalize the vision. Many people stop after they have shared their vision. By doing this, you are losing a prime opportunity to move people to action. Instead, once you cast your vision, take one more step and explain how your people can personalize it. For example, what type of personal commitment can they make towards helping that vision become reality? Or, who can they share the vision with? This seems like a simple step, but it will result in great dividends as you strive to bring life to your vision.

Casting vision is not a simple endeavor, it’s more of an art form, than a science. So practice, practice, and practice. Practice writing out your vision, sharing it with others, and reciting it in front of a video camera. Don’t give up because the moment you are able to cast a vision that’s compelling enough for others to follow you, it’s like you’re providing glasses to the blind. People begin seeing the future for the first time.

Flip the Classroom to Train Your Church Leaders [Video]

A few months ago, I wrote a post on 4 Ways to “Flip the Classroom” in Your Church. You can read the article here, but since then, I’ve been in countless conversations regarding this and the future of training for church leaders and church planters. I’ve had the privilege of presenting this both at conferences as well as in individual conversations. As a result, here’s a video version of the idea.