Catalyst West 2011 Notes

Last week I had a blast at Catalyst West. I was only able to stay for half of it but here are my notes from that first day:

Andy Stanley

  • Oftentimes a single expression of courage can be the tipping point for something extraordinary.
  • Sometimes we need the courage to stay when it would be easier to go.
  • Other times we need the courage to go when it would be easier to stay.
  • “Beginning empty-handed and alone, frightens the best of men. It also speaks volume of just how sure they are God is with them.”A Tale of Three Kings
  • Everyone needs the courage to ask for help when it would be easier to pretend that everything’s OK.
  • When you have a secret you will compensate for it in your leadership.
  • When this is all over, what story do you want to tell?

Dave Ramsey

  • Enduring organizations have core principles that guide daily decisions.
  • Leadership is service. There are no exceptions.
  • People matter.
  • Maybe everyone you disagree with DOESN’T need to be put to death.
  • Building a team may be the most important thing you do.
  • Sometimes you have to let people find their calling in another organization.
  • Be excellent.
  • Too many organizations treat their teams like mushrooms: keeping them in the dark and feeding them manure.
  • Slow and steady matters.
  • It’s not about doing 1 thing well; it’s doing everything well.
  • We live in a culture of hares when we need more tortoises.
  • Engage in the process, not just the moment.
  • Financial principles matter.
  • A higher calling matters.

John Perkins

  • Politicians can’t seem to do anything except get elected.
  • Too many places with the most poor also have the most churches.
  • The church has the resources.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is having enough conviction to act in the face of fear.

Eugene Peterson

  • Being a pastor is one of the most context-specific vocations there is.
  • We don’t use people to accomplish the mission, THEY are the mission.
  • People are not problems to solve or resources to use.
  • Pay attention to what’s going on.
  • People respond to listening.
  • We (pastors) talk too much.
  • One of the joys of being a pastor is helping people discover their story.
  • Don’t let culture define your position or vocation.
  • Think deeply, read widely, and pray often.

If you were at Catalyst West last week what were some of the things that stood out to you the most?

–Jeff

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