Jenni Catron is my hero.

on March 20, 2013 in I heart books. with 30 comments by

I don’t remember exactly when I met Jenni Catron. It’s one of my worst qualities- remembering the first time I met someone. When people start to reminisce about first conversations or first jokes, I’m usually quiet [which is rare] because for some reason, those moments don’t stick in my brain.

Trust me, it has gotten me in trouble a time or two, and for as sentimental a schmuck as I am, it is surprising.

[How did this blog post turn to from Jenni to my issues? That’s a whole other issue for a different day.]

But over the last couple of years, Jenni has become a trusted friend, an accidental mentor, and in a lot of ways, my hero.

That’s weird to say about a friend who you also tell about your crushes and dating mishaps, but alas. It is true.

Some other things about Jenni?

She’s really funny.

She’s super smart.

She doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, she tells you like it is.

She is a leader that I love and respect.

She has helped me maneuver some pretty tough ministry spots.

She’s an author that works harder than me.

And she always wears adorable clothes and I’m all, “dang Jenni.”

So. That’s my friend Jenni Catron.

Oh, and she’s also the Executive Director at Cross Point Church. So, she’s an author that works harder than me AND she has a real job, a bigtime real job, and she goes to the gym. So I’ve got some goals to work towards. [Except the real job thing, I don’t want.]

just lead

Jenni leads a women’s group at Cross Point that I love being a part of and recently we got to read her book Just Lead!.

I alluded to it last week, and I’m gonna talk more about it in the future, but it’s been a pressing topic in my heart figuring out how to be a strong female leader who operates in wisdom and humility.

Though I am not a staff member at a church, this book for women leaders was really impactful for me. It covers a ton of different topics within leadership and from a female perspective, but it doesn’t say WOMEN SHOULD BE DOING EVERY SINGLE LEADERSHIP THING IN THE CHURCH I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR or YOU SHOULD BE IN THE KITCHEN LEADING IN YOUR HOME AND NO WHERE ELSE.

Sometimes I think Christians stand in one of those two camps and think the other is dead wrong. I’m more of the mindset that I hate camping so why don’t we all just get together at a resort and figure out how to lead in the places where God has opened the doors to lead. And this is just the book we’d be reading by the pool at that resort.

With Easter around the corner, I think this is a really great gift for any women you know in church or ministry leadership. Trust me, any of us that are out there leading will always hug the person who gives us another resource on how to do this well.

In fact, I’m going to giveaway a copy of Just Lead! to one of you lovelies…. just tell me in the comments who needs the book in your life- you? Your small group leader? Your mom? Your daughter? Your pastor? The leader of your women’s ministry? The leader of your favorite non-profit?

Leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner on Friday! 


  1. Erin
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM  |  reply

    Laughing so hard at your “I hate camping” comment.

  2. posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM  |  reply

    Ah! I love reading Jenni’s stuff and her book sounds awesome. As for who needs the book, me and then I’d pass it along to the other women on staff at church with me! =)

  3. GinaG
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM  |  reply

    Sounds like such a great resource for…me! Man, that sounds really selfish, but hey, it’s honest!

  4. posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM  |  reply

    Love you friend! Thank you for this incredibly kind post. My favorite is that you called me funny – that’s just funny!

  5. Lindsay
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM  |  reply

    I would love to win this book…for me. I’m in full-time ministry, and I’d like to learn the balance between the two camps because I, too, hate camping! 🙂

  6. posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM  |  reply

    I have just been assigned a leadership position in my mission. I’m just a teaching missionary normally. So, I think this book would be really helpful to me as I try to figure out how to serve in this new capacity. I would then share it around with the other ladies in the mission.

  7. Mollyanne
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM  |  reply

    As a stay at home mom who is also on staff at her church part time as the director of the children’s ministry, I’m pretty sure that I really need this book.

  8. posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM  |  reply

    Awesome! I would love to give this to my friend Suzanne who works in high school girls ministry at a large Atlanta church. I think it would bless her heart!

  9. posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM  |  reply

    I have loved reading Jenni’s blog. It always speaks to me & encourages me. As for the book…who needs it? Me, but then I have a few other ladies that I would surely share it with 🙂

  10. Mariah
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM  |  reply

    This sounds like an amazing book. I would give this to my best friend Sarah. She’s a counselor in our high school and she really ministers to at risk kids there. She spends her whole work career ministering and then after work she “does ministry.” She also has husband and a beautiful 9 year old daughter. I think this would be a great read for her.

  11. ashwarren
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM  |  reply

    I already have a copy (and LOVE it), so don’t enter me to win. But do know that you always make me smile and today is no exception! Love your heart!

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  13. Vanessa
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM  |  reply

    First I just want to say I am a new Annie fan. I just started reading perfectly unique and I LOVE it! If I won the book it would be for me. I am only 16 but am interning with my youth pastor helping in kids church and I always love any resources to guide me in my journey of becoming a leader. Thanks for being a role model Annie! Love you!

  14. Sarah
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM  |  reply

    I’ve been eyeing this book since it arrived a few weeks back. Since my major is Church Leadership and I am an aspiring worship leader, I think this book is important for me to read. Jenni is one of my role models for similar reasons as you have. She’s just..inspirational. So thanks for writing this post 🙂

    Is it bad to nominate myself for the giveaway? Awkward…

  15. Sara
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM  |  reply

    I’d love it, but I’d want it for my mama. Maybe she would let me borrow it after she reads it.

  16. Sara
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM  |  reply

    I would love to read it. I have recently taken on a leadership role at work and want to know more about how I can do this as a Christian woman in the workplace. I know a few other people who would love it too!

  17. Courtney
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM  |  reply

    This summer, I’m going to be working on staff at a Bible camp in Northern Minnesota. I worked there last summer, but this year I’ve been put in a position with more leadership. And to be honest, I’m a little nervous. People have told me that I’m a good leader, but I don’t feel like one. I just don’t know if I’m equipped enough to lead people. I’m not exactly sure if this book would be helpful or not, but I’m thinking I’ll look into it. It seems like it would be a good resource to have and pass around to some of my friends and relatives who are in leadership positions already.

  18. Librarian Lisa
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM  |  reply

    My church’s women’s ministry leader! She is delightful and full of heart for women’s ministry. This book would be a great gift for her!

  19. Allison
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM  |  reply

    This would be a great gift for a ministry leader in our church. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM  |  reply

    I would definitely give this book to one of my dear, dear friends who is a youth minister’s wife.

  21. RM
    posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM  |  reply

    I’d really, really love to read that book! I have been part of a pretty big bible study group for several years now with kids of many different ages… we usually break off into different groups based on age. Often times, I take charge of leading the younger girls (ages 8-12). I really love seeing them grow through God.
    I am now a freshman in college, and part of a Christian group here. I have been thinking and praying a lot about whether or not I want to be a leader next year or the year after. Leading younger girls and leading peers are two very different things! It scares me just thinking about it. But I really would love to be able to do it someday!

  22. Face
    posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM  |  reply

    This has been a topic of discussion at our church recently. We need this book in Prague! (we have family visiting soon, so you wouldn’t have to send it all the way here). Yay!!!

  23. posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM  |  reply

    I need it!! I’m, as I type, in a train on my way to an airplane to head out onto the mission field. I will be working with a church and as I read about this book I thought it would be a great thing for me to read as I find my place in a new city, new chapter, and new surrounding! (PS: I think I’ve commented before and told you…I’m going to Scotland!) =)

  24. ~VA~
    posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 6:07 AM  |  reply

    I think I need it…and I also think that once I was done I couldn’t help but share it with a lot of other people I know.

  25. Brandy B
    posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM  |  reply

    I’d give it to my dear friend Sheri, who works for FCA doing women’s ministry.

  26. Katie
    posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM  |  reply

    I would love to win the book so that I can read it. I lead junior high girls all the way up to late 20s. I would love to be able to gain insight to help me lead better.

  27. Lea
    posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM  |  reply

    Me! Trying to be the best female leader I can be.

  28. Ina
    posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM  |  reply

    Would love to share with the other women I serve with on our church’s womens ministry board. We had a conversation recently about the role of serving being behind the scenes vs. more out in front. This looks helpful!

  29. Bekah
    posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM  |  reply

    I would love to have a copy of this book – to read myself and then pass on to some of the other leaders in my church. 🙂

  30. Leslie Ruth
    posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM  |  reply

    I’ve been pondering this very topic lately as it pertains to my church. Would love to read this!

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