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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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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