Monday, October 13, 2008

A Few Thoughts from Catalyst

Here are a couple of things I took away from the Catalyst conference:

From Andy Stanley -

To reach people no one else is reaching, we have to do things no one else is doing (Craig Groeschel) - we have 175,000 people within 10 miles of Northpoint, and we aren't reaching them. We aren't going to reach them by building another church building. We have to do something no one else is doing.

(This is really informing me in my goal of planting a new campus ministry at Mizzou).

From Seth Godin -

It is naïve to think everyone wants to be in your tribe. Your job is to find the people who want in your tribe.

No one is seeking a safe leader. You have to do something people will criticize.

From Jim Collins (who surprisingly enough was probably the highlight for me) -

Greatness is not a function of your circumstances; or good luck; it is a function of a choice and discipline.

Within every organization or company that is great…you will find a culture of discipline.

The greatest CEO’s from the greatest companies in history had one distinctive characteristic that separate them from other leaders. The trait is humility.

· If it is about you…you will not build something great. And only you know if you are all about you.

· If you make your church dependent on your powerful personality…you are being irresponsible.

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