It turns out most good ideas are just detours and distractions. It’s an unfortunate part of life that as we travel toward a promising future, a seemingly innocent good idea will pop up and entice us to chase it. When we do, we’ve become the proverbial cat that chases a mouse. That mouse – that distraction, that good idea – keeps us from reaching our dreams. We’re so intent on pouncing on one good idea after another, we don’t even realize our lives are off track from where we wanted to go in the first place. (Chapter 4: A Bigger Mouse)

What readers are saying about If You’ve Got to Herd Cats

Finally, a concise and readable book on “How to find and follow God’s will AND lead others.” I’ll be buying copies of this book and giving them to every young pastor I know.

Pastor Sheila Bishop

The perfect book for today’s church.

Pastor Vickey Kelly

Loved this book! It is very well written and easy to understand. It gives you a map and guides you through the process, stopping to rest and check the direction of your congregation’s “Big Mouse Vision” along the way. If your church is struggling to grow, this book is for you.

Tammy Anderson

Wow! I recommend this book for all church leaders, whether new to ministry or seasoned veterans, whether your church is stagnant and in need of a new vision, or growing and you want to keep it that way. We all need to create a Big Mouse Vision and be able to confidently ride, while at the same time exterminating the church rats, herding the congregational cats and controlling the “mischief of mice.” If You’ve Got to Herd Cats will teach you how to do just that!

Erin Donnell, Red Rock Christian Church, Boise Idaho

Thank you for sharing this book with me. When I first read the title, it gave me a brain cramp. So I read the title again and the brain cramp got worse. I read the title a third time and thought – I must read this book so I can understand the title. You failed me not. I love the cat and mouse metaphor to describe the dynamics of leading a church – or any organization for that matter. I can certainly relate. I’ve been a parish pastor for 21 years and I still have a lot to learn. I love the dialogue approach you took with Pastor Clark Kent. I felt as if you were speaking directly to me at times. This has got to be the best book I’ve read on the power of vision and visionary leadership. I couldn’t stop reading it. I need to get me a big mouse and ride it into the future.

Pastor Rob Miller

Herding Cats captured my heart and imagination. It gives me hope that the church can make still make disciples in the 21st century.

Pastor Greg Rae

This book shows through the analogy of cat and mouse, the many challenges pastors and churches have visioning the future; it was helpful, insightful, and I plan on implementing a Big Mouse Vision in my ministry.

Pastor Dawn Marie Turner

Herding Cats conveys a ton of great coaching for church leaders in a ten highly readable chapters.

Pastor David Nash

Perhaps the most inspirational book I’ve ever read.

Fred Dent, ministerial student

I will be using this book with my church leadership to inspire vision and as a ministry development resource.

Pastor Joel Aurand