Takeaways from Catalyst One Day

Yesterday I had the privilege to go to the Catalyst One Day conference, a leadership development day for pastors and ministry leaders…featuring Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel, pastors of mega-huge churches in Atlanta and Oklahoma City.

To summarize the content for yesterday’s conference, I’ll quote a tweeter during the event, “When Pastor Craig speaks, pastors get saved.”  It was incredible to have such a conference in Seattle, the usually forgotten city on major ministry conference tours.  I was soaking in the conversations about leadership, am energized for a new season of ministry, and am excited to spend time reflecting on the challenges about my heart for the lost, my avoidance of conflicts, and how I can create momentum in my areas of leadership.

24 hours later, my mind is still reeling with all the sound bytes from yesterday…here are some of my favorites:

  • “There will always be an anecdotal story to keep a bad program alive.”  A.S.
  • “Managers manage to sameness.  Leaders lead to change.”  A.S.
  • “You rarely regain momentum by simply doing what you did to create it in the first place.”  A.S.
  • “To reach people no one else is reaching you have to do what no one else is doing.”  C.G.
  • “Those who delegate responsibility create followers.  Those who delegate authority create leaders.”  C.G.
  • “Read the Word until it begins to read you.”  C.G.
  • “The quickest way to forget what God thinks about you is to concern yourself with what people think about you.”  C.G.
  • “We don’t recruit volunteers.  We release leaders.”  C.G.
  • “‘The way I was doing the work of God was destroying the work of God in me’ Bill Hybels.”  C.G.
  • “Limitation is the breeding ground for innovation.”  C.G.
  • “The difference between where you are and where God wants you to be is the pain you are unwilling to endure.” C.G.
  • “Your model will trump your mission everytime.”  A.S.
  • “Don’t fall in love with a tactic.  Fall in love with your market.  Churches are empty because people love their model more than unsaved people.”  A.S.
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