There is so much to reflect on for Day 2.
First, these are most of the people we had the pleasure of learning from today: Tim Sanders, Jeff Foxworthy, Franklin Graham, Dave Ramsey, Matt Chandler, and Andy Stanley… There were others who spoke or shared I don’t have my workbook in front of me right now. The icing on the cake was the experience of a lifetime in worshipping the Creator of all things and the King of kings.
I stood there on several occasions during worship and just looked around at the 12,000 people attending this conference on Leadership. The noise that 12,000 people can make is amazing. I leaned over to Brad at one moment while everyone was clapping and said something similar to this, “Listen to all of the clapping. It’s kind of strange to hear how we humans have found a way to express our approval and gratitude to others. We are no different from other animals in this regard.” We want to express to people and to God in a manner that shows our approval of them and one way we do so is by clapping. I paid attention a lot today to how people responded to what they were hearing.
One of the greatest rounds of applause came for a Staff Sergent from the Army on a 15 day leave who was at Catalyst. WOW! He spent 2 of his 15 day leave at this conference… He left the war in Iraq and got his spiritual and leadership batteries charged. It was an amazing moment to witness his introduction.
There is so much to say as to what I gained from this 2 day conference. If you have never been to Catalyst I highly suggest going… Catalyst 2008 is by far the BEST conference I have ever been to! For those of you on the West Coast, Catalyst is coming your way in April 2009!! Catalyst will be in Orange County, CA.
Seth Godin gave us his latest book, Tribes. I have begun reading it tonight and haven’t been able to put it down. I know I will finish it this weekend. I have already gotten several ideas on how to implement his ideas in this book to my own “tribe” at work. I look forward to being stretched this way… my title may be “Area Manager” but my function is to be a leader of those who make up my tribe. As I apply some of the thoughts I have jotted down tonight as to steps I will begin taking I hope to write on how my team of employees respond.
The short story about today’s sessions is this: Missions was a large thrust of today’s topics. I was challenged to preach the Word, reach people with the preached Word and not to be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. The goal of proclaiming Christ is Christ. Nothing less. For it to be less would be to lead people to think “you” (or I) did a great job in the presentation. Doing a great job in presenting the Gospel should never be the goal. Preach the Word and watch God do the work!
There was so much more that was communicated today that will apply to so many areas of my life. I look forward to sharing this in the days ahead.
I am so very thankful for the opportunity to go to this Catalyst. I words can’t express my thanksgiving. Thank you!
One more thought about both days. God orchestrated so much for me over these two days. From conversations with new and old friends, each of the sessions, the worship, the quiet moments by myself journaling, and the many tears that were shed… I know everything I experienced was planned by God. I am so looking forward to unwrapping all of this…