I am so glad I made it to Catalyst this year. Only thing missing is Sarah to join me.
This first day was filled with different workshops. I have 8 pages of typed notes from sessions led by Scott McKnight - Perry Noble - Gaby Lyons - Mark Batterson. The best one for me was Perry Noble's. Here are my notes from that session.
Perry Noble – Relook at Calling
Phases of eating – Zaxby’s Chicken Restaurant – out of chicken – all types of chicken
Chicken restaurant without chicken à useless
A church without a vision à useless
What he does to reignite his passion
4 questions he asks
How much time do I spend listening to God?
·To be good leaders à we must be excellent followers
·Consistent, uninterrupted time
·Isaiah 49:1 (NIV) 1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.
·There is a lot at stake – so if you don’t want to make mistake – listen to God
Don’t have time? à who called you?
·Whose church are you working in?
·If he is the head à I am not
·We don’t give the marching orders à we receive the marching orders
Get the what in line à the how will come
·Figure out to follow me à not freaking out about what you can’t control anyway
·Moses à “God said to Moses . . . “ à again and again
·Moses was basically clueless à but he listened
·Spent less time worrying à more time listening
We cannot expect the Spirit to lead us professionally/publicly, if we are not yielded to Him privately
·I cannot be faithful to a man I am not listening to
Am I more concerned about being discovered or being developed by God?
·Vision à where are you going
Isaiah 49:2 (NIV) 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
·Can’t feel the blessings of God on our life too concerned about the blessing on someone else’s life
·Is such and such a church going to offer you a great job!
·Some of Moses best work was when Moses was on the backside desert
·Go when he is ready to bring you into the light à not when you are
Am I believing any lies?
·Running from a goose
·How many stupid things have a I run from in ministry
·God called you – Jesus dies for you à the HS empowered you à and you are running from a lie
Don’t talk yourself out of a blessing from God
·Don’t live week to week!
·Maybe someone close to you left the church à not even nicely
·Run into someone who didn’t like your message – when everyone else did
·Don’t let one person cause you to doubt the blessings of God
·Thinking about quitting – go back to where you are were when God found you!
Am I taking risks or playing it safe?
·When taking risks – you are open to embarrassment
·Putting pride on the line
·Personal à little league all-star game à not allow myself to be voted on
·Greatest people in Bible à took risk, failed, and kept going
Is 49:6 à pretty amazing challenge à Reach entire world