Why I Love Just Lead!

Posted By on Mar 6, 2013 in Books | 8 comments


I LOVE Jenni’s heart and passion for cultivating women leaders. 

I met Jenni Catron several years ago when I started attending Cross Point Church. Back in those days Pete Wilson was still welcoming everyone to the church with hand-written letters. My letter directed me to connect with the church’s executive director, Jenni Catron. And connect we did. Over black bean salads at Calypso Cafe and the idea that women should use their God-given gifts, even those who were inclined for leadership.

I LOVE this quote from the book’s introduction.

“God created in [us] the desire and raw talent to lead, just as he has in you. . . . God is asking us to do something with what he has given us: not to dig a hole and keep it a secret or pretend with false humility that we aren’t able, and not to hide in a corner because we’re afraid someone will point a finger and label us bossy. But to use our creativity and ability to learn, grow, and become the leader God designed us to be.”

Can I get an Amen? Because that quote deserves an Amen.

I LOVE that Jenni and Sherry are not just talkers, they are practitioners. 

While many people are hashing it out on the subject of women in leadership and women in the church, I love that Jenni and Sherry Surratt have been off leading a megachurch and a network of women that spans 38 countries with thousands of local chapters respectively. 

And I LOVE that this book allows their leadership lessons and advice to be accessed by women around the world. 

If you are a Christian women who feels called to lead I hope you will run to your nearest retailer (and by run I mean click here) and purchase a copy of Just Lead! This book will explore the barriers that you are sure to bump up against and how to handle criticism, face indecision, lead other women, develop a balanced team and grapple with the loneliness that comes with being in charge.

But don’t just take my word for it.

“With humor, candor, and honest vulnerability, Sherry and Jenni provide practical leadership help for women to develop the skills to lead themselves and others with the character, confidence, and authenticity of a godly woman. A generation of women leaders have been waiting for this book!”

—Brad Lomenick, president, Catalyst

“Jenni Catron and Sherry Surratt choose transparency as their way of connecting to the hearts of women called to lead in ministry today. In Just Lead!, they reveal the script of their leadership journeys and lift you beyond the boundaries of whatever you may think leadership is or is not. It’s both challenging and refreshing to be served up this brand of candid, no-nonsense wisdom. If you have the courage to soak in some serious straight talk and a willingness to let what you learn reshape your leadership style, then Just Lead! is the ‘must read’ for you.”

—Tami Heim, president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance

“If I could pick two leaders to represent the next generation of women leaders it would be Jenni Catron and Sherry Surratt. Simply put if you’re a female and in leadership you need to read this book. Just Lead! is a faithful and fresh challenge that is provocative and yet massively optimistic.”

—Pete Wilson, lead pastor, Cross Point Church; author, Plan B and Empty Promises

I am going to give away a copy of Just Lead! to one of my lucky readers.

Simply leave a comment below about why you want a copy of this book and I will select a winner on Friday. 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/InspiredRD Alysa Bajenaru, RD

    Sounds perfect! I’m currently going through leadership visioneering with my church, this book sounds like great timing.

  • smuddles

    I love this! I work at a christian university and with a lot of girls studying ministry. They constantly hear that their gifts aren’t equal to the guys in their classes. Even when they feel God has gifted them to lead or speak they feel like they “can’t” because they are a woman. I love that Jenni and Sherry are giving girls like this a voice! I would love to read this book to help encourage these woman and speak truth into their lives better.

  • jennicatron

    Thank you Lindsey!

  • jviola79

    I would love to read this book as I love Jenni’s blog. I also have so much to learn about leading. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • http://twitter.com/bethtaborharris Beth Harris

    Yes! A book written just for women leaders in ministry! Look forward to reading, learning, and sharing from Sherry and Jenni.
    Having served in various ministries for 20 years, I now have the opportunity to mentor young women who are part of church leadership. This sounds like a fabulous resource to give as they pursue their callings.

  • Lynne

    This quote alone makes me want to pick up this book and read! It sums up the conversations I have had in my head for a long time.

    God is asking us to do something with what he has given us: not to dig a hole and keep it a secret or pretend with false humility that we aren’t able, and not to hide in a corner because we’re afraid someone will point a finger and label us bossy.

  • http://www.courtneylaib.com/ Courtney Laib

    Sounds like a great book! :)

  • Evette

    This book sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for. I was not raised in church and I was not brought up to see the positive in myself. Since finding a home church I have heard over and over how I’m gifted in leadership, which is so hard to see in myself. The excerpt you quoted about false humility is right on with what I’ve been studying in the word of God. I would be so blessed and filled with gratitude if I could get my hands on this book!

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