We took 56 leaders from Grace Fellowship to Catalyst Dallas over the past two days and it was amazing. My goal is that we at least double this number next year. If you went to Catalyst with us, I’d really like to hear at least two of your takeaways or things God revealed to you.
I’ll not take time to fill in all the details, but the following are some key thoughts or ideas shared by various leaders that impacted me. These are not direct quotes, but are the things I wrote down while trying to take in the fire hydrant of blessing.
We are not here to have a moment, we are here to leave a legacy. JOHN MAXWELL
Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Don’t try to do everything for everyone. Don’t be fair – be engaged. Fairness ended in the Garden of Eden. Fairness isn’t a fruit of the Spirit; it’s not even a Christian value. ANDY STANLEY
Follow the Rule of 5. Get a goal and then every day do 5 things that will help you accomplish that goal. Do these 5 things consistently every day. JOHN MAXWELL
You’re not tired because you’re doing too much, your tired because you’re doing the wrong things. CHRIS SEAY
Jesus – I want to be Your walking billboard. KIRK FRANKLIN
Your calling is not to a spectacular ministry, but to a faithful and sincere heart. JUD WILHITE
Your home is your first mission. JUDAH SMITH
What are you afraid of Child of God? Go BIG with your FAITH. It changes everything when you GO BIG with your FAITH. BOB GOFF
Do you want mild or wild. Too many Christians today want to take up their mattress instead of taking up their cross. PERRY NOBLE
Wow, sounds like it was a great opportunity to learn and grow. I will be using some of the saying above and try, with God’s help, to put them to practice!
My first instinct is to talk about the emotions, worship and speakers. To talk about the times Wanda and I cried and laughed and was scared all at the same time. There is too much to say, but here goes.
One winter, when I was a kid we witnessed a major snow storm when we were visiting our grand parents and then were invited to a sledding party that followed. The way it worked was that a tractor would pull a long rope that had knots tied 10 or so feet apart, and some of the knots had short ropes also tied to them. The tractor would then drag the rope up a huge hill and all you had to do was sit on your toboggan or sled and grad a hold of the rope as it went by. You would also help others grab on as it went by them; so consequently if you missed the ride up, you missed the the ride to the bottom, screaming in joy with silly grins plastered to your face.
I guess that’s us; just describing the ride to others. This wonderful and sometimes scary ride that Christ provides us, and then sometimes helping them grab the rope.
Whether we are sitting in the chairs on a given Sunday or greeting people at the front, whether we are parking folks in the lot or on the stage giving the message; we are all disciples of a sort. In Acts, the early church was full of lay people, shepherding the flock. This Catalyst just gave us many more tools to do that.