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Catalyst 2010: T.D. Jakes

T.D. Jakes had the challenge of following a guy who was shot out of a cannon at Catalyst. Here’s some of what he had to share:


  • “We have to change.”
  • “Jesus has such a huge vision to go into all the world.”
  • after the crowd was unresponsive… “You all sound like you have arthritis on your lips”
  • “God is going to do a new thing in your life.”
  • “I have it on divine authority that there are some planet-shakers in this room today.”
  • “People who play it safe are not leaders.”
  • “You have to get out front…and, yes, you will be shot at.”
  • “I have an iPad…with a Scrabble game on it.”
  • “Run the risk of saying something stupid, so you’ll get the language that reaches the masses.”
  • “If everyone on your cell phone is just like you, this is the year to break the rule.”
  • “Only the church doesn’t learn the language of the masses.”
  • “Here’s the first thing you need to know about black people — black people don’t jump out of cannons.”
  • “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”
  • “Until we’re willing to be uncomfortable, we cannot grow.”
  • “If you find yourself in a place where you’re the smartest person in the room, get out of the room.”
  • “Every great teacher is a great learner.”
  • “When you go, go nervous. Go praying. But for God’s sake, go.”
  • “God will not allow sameness to procreate. Fruit is born when differences come together.”
  • “I believe that you can fly.”


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Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.