I’m still holding off on posting my thoughts on Catalyst this year. It was great, but a little overwhelming. I’m still processing much of what God spoke to my heart this week. Sam, Todd, and I traveled together and had many challenging conversations about the future of Cornerstone. I really think exciting things are in store for us as long as we keep preaching and teaching Jesus.
As for the conference, Craig Groeschel really spoke directly to me. As always, I felt a connection to him and what he had to share. I think Andy Stanley has a unique way of relating leadership principles to the church in practical Godly ways, and I could fill a notebook with all of the powerful quotes that he shared. It was reassuring to hear directly from Dave Ramsey about the current financial crisis (although I’m still mad I didn’t win the free iMac he gave away to the girl three rows in front of me!)
And it was inspiring to look back at what Billy Graham has been able to do by simply being faithful to preach the Gospel.
But I was surprised and impressed by the two young guys, Matt Chandler and Steven Furtick. I have listened to sermons from both of them over the past year and although they are different, they both share an incredible passion. At Catalyst, both guys really preached passionately, and they preached from Scripture. It’s not surprising that the messages I enjoy the most always come directly from the Bible. I love learning leadership principles, but I am challenged, stretched, and encouraged when God’s Word is taught in passionate and compelling ways. I’ll share some more of my thoughts as I unpack my conference notes.