Enjoyed my time in Atlanta for the Catalyst Conference. Heard some great speakers and had a great experience. Really my highlight was meeting some amazing people doing remarkable things and spending time with our team from Mosaic. Another highlight: eating Chick-Fil-A three times out of six meals.
A really unique part of the experience was the chance to be interviewed on the red carpet just after doors opened on the first morning followed by the breaking of the world’s largest peppermint-filled pinata!
PINATA FILLED WITH PEPPERMINTS BEFORE CATALYST (8 feet tall and 10 feet long)
Zondervan was so generous by sending out books to Catalyst leaders as well providing free copies of my book at 4 different book signings during the two day event. Special thanks to my marketing genius, Daniel Decker for pulling all of this off!
Some insights gleaned from some of the speakers:
Patrick Lencioni: 3 Signs of a Miserable Job include Anonymity (Do I know those with whom I work?), Irrelevance (Do people know how their jobs connect to the big picture?), and Immeasurement (Are you doing a good job today?)
Francis Chan: “Do I believe in God enough to say whatever He asks and do whatever He wants me to do. We have not been given the spirit of timidity.”
Sunday from Nigeria: Started reaching out to outsiders and then God blessed with influencers. No one came at first so then started looking for those considering suicide.
Craig Groeschel: Practical Atheist – someone who believes in God but lives or does ministry as if He doesn’t
Erwin McManus: We have the opportunity to create the future! What’s after modernism and post-modernism? It is up to us!