With a few projects that had looming deadlines finally complete, I have a few moments to actually reflect on my experiences at Catalyst last week.
- First off, thanks to those who helped us get there. I’m so grateful to Catalyst for providing registrations for our team, as well as to JJ and Mark for sending some frequent flyer love our way.
- A dark episode of Lost on a small hotel TV with a bad antenna connection was a bit of a disappointing start to the trip, but watching it with two other Lost fanatics made up for it.
- There is a healthy mixture of both emerging/missional church and evangelical/attractional church influence that happens at Catalyst. Even trying to use terms to define those two creates difficulty for me, but it seems like there is a desire to define what movement someone is a part of a draw lines between them. The reality is that most young church leaders probably find themselves somewhere in the inbetween, and I’m happy to see Catalyst going into that inbetween to inspire leaders to forge ahead.
- I think the highlights of the conference for me were Gary Haugen, Rick McKinley, and Donald Miller, although I thought I benefitted from every sesson — at least the ones I attended. I was already familiar with Gary Haugen, but I was happy to seem him given an opportunity to speak to such an important audience. Donald Miller and Rick McKinley just sharing a conversation together was a nice change of pace in presentation styles — I think we need more of that kind of thing. Marcus Buckingham was great, although I was already familiar with most his material.
- Some of the hype surrounding the conference was a little over the top for me, and kind of set me back initially. Having been out of student ministry for a few years, and now being in a pretty relationally driven, low-key church setting, it took me a bit to adjust. I find myself trying to define between when is hype too much and when is it meaningful and usefel. Sorry…I’m just thinking out loud on this, but not going to explore it further here right now — mostly for the sake of time.
- It was great to bump into a number of guys I’ve worked alongside in ministry with over the years and see what they are up to now. I didn’t know any of them were going to be there, and in an arena of almost 11000 people, I’m surprised I saw them at all.