Thursday, October 16, 2008


Here is a synopsis of the other speakers at this year’s Catalyst Conference.

  • Seth Godin (marketing expert)--very interesting talk about tribes. He's has great insight into future marketing trends.

  • Craig Groeschel (pastor Joel 2, three prayers we need to pray in order to get "IT" restored in our lives: Stretch me, heal me, ruin me.

  • Tim Sanders (best-selling author)--talked about saving the world at work and three laws: law of abundance, law of interdependence, and law of compassionate reciprocity.

  • Dave Ramsey (author, TV host)--what a great communicator. His main talk was on leadership. He talked about five enemies of unity (poor communication, gossip, unresolved disagreements, lack of shared purpose, sanctioned incompetence).

  • Franklin Graham--on behalf of his dad, received a Lifetime Achievement Award and spoke about the gospel in action.

  • Andy Crouch (Director of Christianity Today's Chrisitan Vision Project)--he talked about the many ways people respond to and react to culture. He stressed how we need to cultivate culture (take what is good and keep it good) and create culture. Creating culture is a thought-provoking idea.

  • Matt Chandler (pastor, Village Church, Texas)--first time I had heard him. Great communicator. Fresh, relevant message straight from God's word.

  • Andy Stanley wrapped up the conference with a talk on "Random Thoughts on Leadership". He took the following statements and talked a while on each one.
    "To reach people no one else is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing."
    "The Next Generation" product almost never comes from the previous generation."
    "What do I believe is impossible to do in my field...but if it could be done would fundamentally change my business?"
    "If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what would he do? Why shouldn't we walk out the door, come back in, and do it ourselves?"
    "When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near."

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