I just arrived in Atlanta ready to check out a full day and a half of Catalyst. Haven’t heard of the Catalyst Conference? It’s one of the premier christian leadership conferences in the U.S. The 2009 conference is particularly exciting as it’s going to have some great speakers including Andy Stanley, Rob Bell, Malcolm Gladwell, Tony Dungy and many others.
Conferences like this are useful for a variety of reasons:
It’s always fun to hear how God is blessing other ministries and leaders. It’s exciting to be in the presence of other Christians who are excited to worship God and learn how to make THE mission more effective.
Whenever you hear different speakers, especially speakers that you’re not used to hearing, it widens your perspective. It helps you to learn and see that your way is not the only way. Usually you find out that it’s not the best way.
I attended last year for the first time. By the end of the conference I left with several books that I wanted to read, and was filled with practical leadership lessons and principles that I’ve been able to make my own and implement in my own context.
Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some of those leadership lessons that I’m learning here. And by the way, if you’ve never been, make plans now to go to the one next year. It will be good. It will be worth it.
By the way, if you’re here, feel free to post some comments about the biggest lessons that you’re learning.