I am not at Catalyst Atlanta. I have never been to a Catalyst conference. But I have heard A LOT about them.
What is Catalyst? Here is what their website says:
“Catalyst is a powerful gathering of young leaders, a movement of influencers and world changers who love Jesus, see things differently, and feel a burden for our generation. We seek to learn, worship, and create together with a momentous energy passionately pursuing God. We are Catalysts… Kingdom ambassadors, change agents, influencers, and cultural architects seeking to change our churches, communities, and cultures for God.”
What have I heard about it?
That it’s the most amazing, life-changing, mind-blowing experience that a person could ever possibly hope to have on planet Earth. That the speakers are anointed of God, the messages are supernaturally convicting, and each attendee becomes at least 73% more spiritual than the average church-goer. That the experience is similar to hugging 1,000 puppies all at once while pooping gold and writing songs better than Chris Tomlin’s at the same time.
In other words, those who attend seem to use their fair share of hyperbole.
I have no problem with this, but hearing and reading what they have to say makes me wonder if the following t-shirts are on sale at the conference:
1. Catalyst: Just like Pentecost….only cooler
2. Mark Driscoll gave me a noogie at Catalyst Atlanta
3. I’ve got product in my hair and Jesus in my heart–Catalyst 11
4. FRANCIS CHAN FOR PRESIDENT!
5. I went to Catalyst…because I REALLY love Jesus
6. I wish the pastor at my church was as good as the speakers at Catalyst…and I’m the pastor
7. Catalyst: So good I expected to get a harp
8. David Platt: The World’s Wisest Teenager–CAT11
9. I used to be a lowly pastor, but now I’m a Cultural Architect–thanks, Catalyst!
10. Who needs seminary? I went to Catalyst!
Hopefully you realize that this is meant to be humorous and is not intended to disparage Catalyst or any of the amazing speakers mentioned in any way. I am thankful for what Catalyst stands for and for the impact that the conferences have made on thousands of people throughout the years. And I hope to be able to attend a conference one day.
But I know that I can be a catalyst in my church, community, and culture even if that never happens.
I hope that you know the same.
What other t-shirts should be on sale at Catalyst 11?
Would you vote for Francis Chan?