Catalyst Recap 2008

I have been following the Catalyst Conference speakers through blogs of friends that went this year.  Since I couldn’t make the event (deeply depressed) I have been reading their blogs and posts and thinking about what people communicated.

Here are my points i found interesting from the sessions. (My comments are in parenthesis)

Andy Stanley

  • Nehemiah 5:6-18 (Good to see we haven’t lost the art of having people turn to scripture.)
  • “Nehemiah got mad and asked the leaders to stop over-charging the people. They immediately complied. Why? Because for 12 years, Nehemiah had been living an authentic life in front of them. He had moral authority.”
  • “If there’s not alignment between creed and deed, all the leadership tricks in the world will not overcome a loss of your moral authority.”
  • “We have been forgiven; therefore, we should forgive.” (I love “no duh” quotes.  They speak to my heart.)
  • “As leaders, we must be the men and women who never carry into the future the hurt of the past.”
  • “Don’t bring unresolved junk into ministry.”
  • “Men: If your wife feels like your church is your mistress, you are part of the problem you are trying to solve.  If your kids feel neglected because of your time at the church, you are part of the problem you are trying to solve.”
  • “No one cares how smart you are as a leader. They want to know if you have the moral authority to lead.” (AMEN!)

William Paul Young (Author of the Shack)

  • Interesting Facts: The book is #1 on the NY Times bestsellers list for the last 20 weeks.  Paul has 6 Kids.
  • “The book is a parable and a metaphor.”
  • “We spent like $300 for marketing and promotion.”
  • “God has this affection that is relentless in our direction.”

Jim Collins (author of Good to Great and Built to Last)

  • “Good is the enemy of great.”
  • “Most overnight success stories are about 20 years in the making.”
  • “We need to spend more time on who and less on what. If you have the right who, they will figure out the right what.”
  • If you make your church dependent on your powerful personality…you are being irresponsible.”
  • “It may take 30 years to build a reputation. It only takes 30 seconds to destroy it.”
  • “Plan “white space days” – plan them months in advance, schedule nothing, turn off all electronics. Just think.”
  • If there is anyone who you secretly would be happy if they resigned—you need to let them go.”

Steven Furtick

  • “There’s something that sets me apart from the other speakers here… I don’t belong here.”
  • “I was the only white guy in my black gospel choir in high school.”
  • “Between the promise of God and the pay-off is the process.”
  • “God is preparing you for what he’s preparing for you.”
  • “After David was anointed, where did he go? Back to the fields to be faithful in his role as a shepherd boy.”
  • “Stay faithful in the small things.”
  • Be faithful. Be faithful Be faithful.”

Seth Godin (Seth Godin has the biggest business blog in the world and has written 9 best-sellers.  I had no idea who he was.)

  • “People are asking two questions: Who else is going to be there? Who is going to lead us?”
  • “We like doing things that other people are doing.”
  • “People like being with people they like being with.”
  • “No one is seeking a safe leader. You have to do something people will criticize.”
  • “Leadership = marketing and marketing = leadership.”
  • “How do we connect people to each and get out of the way?”
  • “It’s not about bringing knowledge. It’s about someone who is leading and giving them a platform.”
  • “A lot of times heretics seek out a rule and break it on purpose.”
  • “They want to be noticed.”
  • “They want to matter. They want to be missed.”
  • (Interesting Note: Seth just agreed to give everyone at Catalyst a free copy of his new book. That’s 12,000 copies.)

Craig Groeschel

  • (Seriously, just go out and buy his book, “it”.  It is amazing and sums up what he spoke about.)

Franklin Graham

  • Of Billy: “His mind is sharp, but his body is wearing out.”
  • “The Gospel is God’s power.”
  • “I’m telling you the Gospel works friends.”
  • “When you preach his Gospel and extend an invitation, it works.”
  • “We’re going to do everything in our power to tell them that God loves them and Christ died for them.”
  • “Everything is about the Gospel. Without the Gospel, there is nothing.”
  • “We have the responsibility to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”
  • “Preach while you can… We may not have this opportunity forever.”

Andy Stanley: 5 Things Andy is thinking about. (Last session)

  • To reach people no one else is reaching, we have to do things no one else is doing
  • The best idea for reaching the next generation isn’t going to come from the existing generation, it’s going to come from the next generation. (I disagree, in a way)
  • I’m looking for what can’t be done in church, but if it could be done would fundamentally change the church.
  • If we got kicked out by our board, and they hired a new guy, what would the new guy change or do different? Let’s walk out the door and walk back in, and make those changes.
  • When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near. You look back with smiles and lots to celebrate, but you don’t have a lot to work forward to.

Awesome!  So much to think about.  Thank you to Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens for blogging during the event.  For those of you who were there, I am jealous.

-jordan

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1 Response to “Catalyst Recap 2008”


  1. 1 bradruggles October 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Man, it really stinks you couldn’t be there. It was awesome. I had the chance to be at Catalyst again this year (my 4th time) and was challenged and encouraged as always. It’s always so encouraging being around other leaders and seeing what God is doing in His church around the world.

    But hey, at least you got some good recaps through blogging! I wrote a post today about one session that Steven Furtick did and how it impacted me.


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