Catalyst Reflections, part 2

Today was a very long day. This post will most likely be very short, as we get to do it all again tomorrow.

  • I was excited after a good test run with live blogging yesterday. We had the biggest day on this blog ever. I know this experiment is scratching you where you itch.
  • I got up at 4:50am to be at the arena by 6:15am. The place was already crawling with people. By the time the doors opened at 7:45am, there were 10,000+ there.
  • Andy Stanley started the morning right.
  • Jessica Jackley talked about world poverty and our role in it, followed by Malcolm Gladwell sharing weaving together 3 or 4 stories masterfully to illustrate over-confidence.
  • Shane Hipps is a former ad executive for Porsche who became a Mennonite pastor. He shared some of the lessons he has learned in one of the most thought-provoking sessions of the day. He was followed by Rob Bell.
  • Tony Dungy, former NFL head coach, was then interviewed. Being a big Colts fan, this was a highlight.
  • Matt Chandler challenged us to go deep with the Scriptures, as he always does.
  • And finally, Francis Chan led us in a night of reading Scripture over the room and into a time of communion. Amazing to share this experience with 13,000 other people.
  • I think one of the reasons Catalyst is so successful is because they offer an experience…not just a series of sermons. Today we threw soft footballs on to the stage at a young football team. They brought trucks into the arena. Each attendee got a colored flashlight to play with during the dark times in the arena. They dropped stuffed animals from a helicopter while we waited to get in.  One of the MCs got an on-the-spot tattoo. You may not agree with that, but you have to admit…it provides an experience.
  • The 20-34 year old generation is a passionate generation. Passionate worshipers. Passionate change agents. Passionate dreamers.

Tomorrow, we do it all again. The first session kicks off at 8:30am EST. Check here for details!

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