10 Reasons To Go To Catalyst


'Willow Leitungskongress 2012 - Tag 2' photo (c) 2012, Willow Creek D/CH - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I’ve been to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA the last two years.  I’m hoping to go again this year and to bring some friends with me.  I have enjoyed it tremendously over the last two years.  I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of my Internet friends through the conference.  Here are 10 reasons to go to Catalyst this year:

1.  Andy Stanley.  This guy is legit.  I’ve talked about him on here before.  He will probably always be on my list of reasons to go to Catalyst as long as he’s speaking there.  Lead pastor of North Point Church in Atlanta.  Heart for leaders.  Author of 20 million* books.  Definitely look into this guy.

2.  Judah Smith.  Listened to Judah speak the first year I went to Catalyst.  I was sort of impressed, but not overly.  I re-listened to the audio and watched the DVD or the same message several months later, and was blown away both times.  I think I may have been more than a little tired by the time he took the stage, but whatever the case, you need to check this guy out.

3.  Lecrae Moore.  Grammy-winning hip-hop artist.  He’s a rapper.  I thoroughly enjoy his music.  He works a lot with urban reform.  I haven’t heard him speak before, but I’m really looking forward to it.

4.  Passion will be leading worship.  Don’t know who they are?  Have you been living under a rock?

5.  Jen Hatmaker.  As far as I know she doesn’t make hats.  But having become recently acquainted with some of the things she has her hands in and her viewpoints on ministry and life in general?  I think I’ll be checking her lab out.

6.  Bianca Olthoff.  I keep running out of time before I can meet Bianca.  When I think of an anointed speaker and teacher, she is one name I come up with.  Plus, she quotes me on her blog occasionally, so obviously she’s totally awesome.

7.  Ann Voskamp.  I have a hard time reading her stuff sometimes because it’s written so beautifully poetic.  My mind is pretty simple, so sometimes the combination doesn’t work.  But I downloaded her book, 1,000 Gifts on audiobook and loved it.  It doesn’t take long for your to hear or read her heart.  It’s right there.  Ready to love and teach and guide.  Will definitely be checking out this lab, as well.

8.  Bob Goff.  He wrote Love Does, a book calling Christians into action.  Love doesn’t just sit around talking about doing awesome things.  Love does awesome things.  One of my favorite things he says, though, is to be secretly awesome.  I shared a Tweet he sent out about the very same subject.  It may be one of my favorites of all time:

“We don’t need to put everything we do on the back of a hoodie; write it on an undershirt – be secretly incredible.” ~ Bob Goff

9.  Priscilla Shirer.  She spoke on the main stage my first year there.  She was one of the last speakers, and I had no idea who she was.  And I was completely blown away, not necessarily by the words that she was saying, although they were very good, but I was more blown away by the Spirit that took over as she was speaking.

10.  Surprises!  One thing I really enjoy about Catalyst are the surprises.  You NEVER know what you’re going to be watching.  Last year Kid President showed up and just made everyone smile and laugh.  The first year there was an acrobatic performance by some people that performed on America’s Got Talent.  And then last year Michael W. Smith showed up, did a couple songs and then took off.  No announcement.  Just came in, led in some powerful worship, and then left the stage.

So, yeah, those are just a few of the reasons, and not even close to half of the speakers.  Plus you get to go and hang out with some friends if they go with you.  Our hotel we stay it is right across from a really good restaurant with the best drink I’ve ever had in my life.  Seriously.  Best rates end pretty soon, so if you’re interested in going with me, let me know!

Have you ever been to Catalyst?  What did you think?

*I may have exaggerated a little here.


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  • Bianca_J

    You’re the best 🙂