Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thoughts on Catalyst Conference

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post. I try to write a blog weekly; but sometimes it just doesn't happen. Last week several of us went to Atlanta for a couple of days for the Catalyst Conference. That conference is one of my favorites because it keeps me abreast with the culture of emerging generations. (It used to be open to those 40 and under. I guess us old folks complained enough that they are letting us in now.)

The worship was exceptional. The creativity always blows me away. And the speakers were outstanding. Here are a few takeaways.

  • Andy Stanley--the power of moral authority needs to be restored among church leaders and members. How? Forgiveness, family, and finances.
  • William Paul Young (author of The Shack)--interviewed by Ernie Johnson. Fresh insights into the huge success of this book and how he has handled the critics.]
  • Jim Collins (Good to Great)--Wow! This man knows his leadership stuff. Questions he raised: How many of the key seats in your church are filled with the right people? What are we doing to make it 100%? Get the right young people involved. Then he suggested that his (and my) generation of Boomers need to get out of the way. How much time do I spend in quietness (white space days)? Am I committed to the pain involved in becoming a "Level 5" leader?
  • Steven Furtick (orig. from Moncks Corner, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte)--What a breath of fresh air. 28 years old I believe, new church running 5,000 weekly. His message from Elijah was a great encouragement. He focused on 1 Kings 18 and the "cloud like a small hand."
  • Brenda Salter McNeil (author, thought leader)--she talked about how God shakes things up, how the disciples got shaken up so that they could shake up the world. Awesome message.

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