Catalyst One Day: Atlanta

There are very few scenarios where being awake at 5:00am on a Monday morning is the start of a good week.  However, last week was one of those weeks.

Only good thing about being up at 5am

Howard’s Rock Looking Good at 5am

Catalyst One Day

Every year, thousands of next generation leaders converge in Atlanta at a three-day event called Catalyst.  Although the focus is on church leadership, the event draws leaders from every industry imaginable.  This past Monday, I had the privilege of getting a taste of this conference through the Catalyst One Day event held at North Point church in Alpharetta, GA aka H.O.M.E.  Skipping Monday class and getting to head to ATL?  No brainer.  I jumped on this opportunity.

Catalyst at North Point

Catalyst at North Point

Mountain Lakes Church

Similar to how I went to DRIVE this past year, Mountain Lakes Church sponsored my registration for Catalyst One Day.  I was part of a team of about 10 staff and volunteers that attended this year.  Thankfully, this number included a couple of the other college interns for me to goof off with in between sessions and sneak around North Point’s campus.  For those curious, I’m part of a program called LDP – Leadership Development Program – at Mountain Lakes on the production side of things.  I mainly get to help troubshoot on Sunday mornings and do some lighting for the kids environments.  I love being a part of the behind the scenes work that makes Sunday mornings possible.

Great set design at North Point church.

Great set design at North Point church.

Main Sessions

Even though we left way before the sun came up, we still hit some significant traffic on the way in.  Ah, some things never seem to change.  By the time we parked and found our seats, the first session was under way.  Since this was only a one day conference, the schedule was pretty straightforward:  main sessions, lunch break, main sessions, and closing.  During the main sessions we were poured into by two of the most influential leaders in the modern day church:  Craig Groeschel ( and Andy Stanley (North Point church).  It was incredible.

The man himself.

Andy Stanley

Just to give you an idea of what they covered here’s a list of the session talks and two or three points from each of them:

  • Session I:  Family Matters
    • Your greatest contribution may not be something you do, but someone you raise.
    • Invest in your family so that when it comes to the point where your family doesn’t have to be together, they will want to be.
  • Session II:  It’s About Time
    • “Whenever you say yes to anything, there is less of you for something else.  Make sure your yes is worth the less.” – Louie Giglio
    • Wise time management doesn’t mean you do more, but you do more of what matters most.
  • Session III:  Communicating with Staff and Volunteers
    • “The single biggest problem in communication lies in believing that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
    • One of our top goals is to lead our staff and volunteers to think like owners rather than employees.
  • Session IV:  Building High-Performance Teams
    • “Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
    • Position people in a place where they can make the maximum impact.
  • Session V:  Creating a Culture of Accountability
    • Model transparency and personal confession.
    • The moment when we think we are better is the moment when we are most vulnerable.
  • Session VI:  Communicating with Unchurched People in the Room
    • Approach is everything.
    • The foundation of the Christian faith is not the Bible, it’s an event.

Unfortunately, bullet points don’t really capture the power of their messages.  But you get the point.  During the lunch break, I was able to see my parents and go out to lunch with them.  It was one of the best parts of my day.

Back to Tigertown

After the conference ended, we hopped back on the road to try to beat some rush hour traffic.  We made it to the Mall of Georgia before stopping to eat and debrief with the team.  A solid day.  Who said Mondays have to suck?


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