Leadership gold from my man Kanye West at his album listening party a few nights ago.

“never lose your childhood, everyone is born with confidence, born with self-esteem, but society puts limits on who we are and what we can achieve.”

(The new album “808’s and Heartbreak hits stores in November)


Well it is midnight, Catalyst has been over for 6 hours and I am getting ready to lay my head down in Tennessee.  What a day, what a week, what a blessing!

Got to connect with some cool guys this week like Shawn Lovejoy and Ben Arment among others.

Dave Ramsey really brought it today talking on leadership rather than his wheelhouse of money and finances.  I would say it was the best session for me.  Stanley was great both times but Ramsey really will stick with me too.

I will have to unpack the week and all my thoughts at a later date.  I took notes in the book they give you so maybe I will get some of that on here.

I cannot wait to get home tomorrow. I miss my family bad.  I wanna kiss my wife and see Malachi smile.


It was a great day at Catalyst! I will add some recaps and commentary next week as I “land the plane”.

Bottom line for the day was a couple of things I already know.  Steve Fee is a stud and I love to hear him lead worship. 

Secondly Steven Furtick tore the roof off the place today.  He is well on his way to being the pastoral voice for our generation.

For notes on the day…


Tony Morgan on Craig Groschel


Tony Morgan on Seth Godin

Tim Stevens on Seth Godin


Tony Morgan on Steven Furtick

Tim Stevens on Steven Furtick


Tony Morgan on Jim Collins

Tim Stevens on Jim Collins


As promised this is my first Catalyst Conference Update.

Our group left Tuesday and drove to Tennessee and stopped for the night at some friends’ vacation home.  It was good to have a night to decompress and hit the lake for a little cliff diving. 

We finished the drive today and checked into the hotel before heading over the Gwinnett Center.  We went to the Catalyst Vanagon Roadtrip reunion and got to meet L.V. and the guys.  We also got to connect with Jonathan Herron and the guys from Catalyst Church.

On our way to the unplugged session for the night with the Deadly Viper guys we ran into Catalyst’s own Ben Arment.  I met him via email last week (thanks Gail) and he was just as engaging and genuine as I had heard.  It’s cool when you meet someone and can tell right away that they are a great person.

Took Some notes at the deadly viper session.  The topics was the deadly viper of the headless sprinting chicken, which is-busyness, over commitment, and/or living life to fast.

The guys offered when facing this…


  1. Structure your life in seasons
  2. Realize that you have to say no. When you do you are saying “yes” to other things
  3. Structure your volunteers for growth not control
    • Tell your team what the win is
    • Don’t tell them what to do, tell them what not to do
    • Here is the sandbox, have fun in there.
  4. Structure for effectiveness, more than excellence
  5. Remember that “the summit” is a state of mind
    • Fall in love with the journey, the state of mind
    • “There is no Hollywood”


The guys transitioned to talking about their new project “the people of second chance.”  This is near and dear to my heart.  We must be quick to forgive others and ourselves.

We can’t shoot the wounded or those who fall. We must let them get to the hospital and get well.  Love a fallen leader rather than gossip or judge.

They said that people of second chances are in places where others need second chances. “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”


The week is just starting up but I am already thrilled with the fun, challenges, networking, worship, and rest I have gotten. Can’t wait for more…. 


  • If the title didn’t tell the story I will be heading down to Catalyst on Tuesday.
  • Not only am I excited for the conference (been waiting like 5 years to go) but I am going to be dong some blogging all week, so check back for updates
  • I already put the word out that I want to connect with some people but so leave your number and I will shoot you a text when I get there.
  • I will not be at HSM this week and I am so excited that no one will notice.  Jheff, Vickie D, Bronson, and Jkist will be doing their thing as usual.
  • My wife is hot. If you haven’t seen her new haircut you are missing out.
  • Got to hang out with our student leaders today. They encourage me…a lot!
  • I am really digging Shawn McDonald lately.
  • Anyone got any recommendations on places I need to hit up in Hotlanta?
  • Tomorrow night I am gonna be apart of a Media Night for the parents at Worthington Christian.  I love talking about the topic so it should be fun.
  • I got a pre-release of Kary Oberbrunner’s new book.  Can’t wait to share more in a few days. 
  • Tomorrow is going to be a little crazy getting ready to be gone all week, better get to bed. 

Check back all week…


That’s right after years of wanting, wishing, and coveting that others got to go I finally get to attend the 2008 Catalyst Conference.   For some reason it never worked with my schedule, life, commitments or other things but all that is a distant memory now.

I am making the trip with the good Dr., Kary Oberbrunner, as well as David Nicodemus (of 5 Golden Rings Fame) and Dustin Godshall and his wonderful wife Kellly.  (Dustin and Kelly don’t have blogs so I linked them to random things I associate with themJ)

I will be at catalyst Wednesday morning until probably Saturday morning.  I would love to connect with some like-minded people or anyone who wants to buy me food.  Actually if you are cool enough I will buy you food.

Anyone want to get together, or know someone I should look up while I am down in the ATL?