Catalyst Thoughts

Image by Stephen Hunton from

Image by Stephen Hunton

Three days later, and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the Catalyst Experience.  It was again a great trip.  In the past, I have shared about what each speaker shared, but this year, I just want to talk about the overall experience.  You can find summaries of the talks at the Catalyst Blog.

I was able to split my time between two groups, the young leaders coaching group that I have been a part of and a group of leaders from Cornerstone.   My wife was able to make the trip as well and volunteer with Land of 1000 Hills Coffee.  At a conference like this, you are exposed to encouraging times of worship and great teaching.  But for me, I felt a little more like a guide this year to those I was traveling with. It was great to see the conference through their eyes.

For me personally, I think God really spoke to me about rest.  That may be a funny thing to take away from a leadership conference that is over the top in so many ways, but I was able to just close my eyes and soak in what God wanted me to hear.  I have been through a busy season of ministry, but it is time for me to focus on others.  If our church is to continue growing and reaching others, then I have to do less. I have to give away more responsibility, and spend more of my time to train and equip the saints (Ephesians 4:11-12).  One of the highlights of the trip was the ride home. I was able to spend some great time with Jennifer, Chad, Ben, & Randy as we talked about what God had showed each of us.  The challenge for everyone at Catlayst is to not just gain knowledge, but to gain wisdom in how to apply that knowledge. Learning what to do as a result of what we have heard is very important.   What sin do we need to confess and repent? What do we need to start doing? What do we need to stop doing? What do we need to share with others?  My hope and prayer is that I will take what I have learned, and use it to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.

For those of you reading my blog who attended Catalyst, what did God speak to you this year?


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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