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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?