Promoters say more than 13,000 church leaders from around the world will converge on Atlanta Oct. 2 – 4 for Catalyst Conference, a three-day leadership experience organizers say is designed to “enlighten and rejuvenate leaders to be ‘catalysts’ in today’s church culture.”
Known as one of the largest gathering of young Christian leaders in the country, Catalyst hosts groups and individuals from more than 50 denominations and 5,000 churches across all 50 states, according to Catalyst representatives. Since its inception in 1999, they say more than 100,000 leaders have made the annual trek to Atlanta to participate in the Catalyst experience.
The 2013 theme, ‘Known,’ is centered on the notion that one can only know where they are headed, when they know where they come from,” said Catalyst spokeswoman Hannah Springston in a statement.
“A leader worth following is a leader without pretense—one who is willing to be true and vulnerable, to God and to others,” she continued. “Every individual is the unique handiwork of the Creator, who knew him or her before creation. Before they were a leader, before they even had a name or a voice they were chosen. Chosen to be made. Chosen to make a difference. Why would one exchange such a noble inheritance—an abundant life promised by God—for a pedestrian life? Catalyst 2013 will challenge leaders to accept their legacy and embrace their identity through an inner confidence that only comes from being known by the Creator of the Universe.”
Speakers at Catalyst 2013 are slated to include Chief Executive Officer of Burberry and Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Angela Ahrendts; Mayor of Newark, NJ, and TIME 2012 Most Influential People List, Cory Booker; Senior Pastor of North Point Ministries and Author of Deep and Wide, Andy Stanley; Award-winning Journalist and Best-selling Author of Outliers and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell; Founder of Going Beyond Ministries and Author of Discerning the Voice of God, Priscilla Shirer. Other notable speakers also include John Piper, Judah Smith, Jud Wilhite, Reggie Joiner, Jon Acuff, and Lecrae Moore. Attendees will be led in worship by acclaimed Christian recording artists from Passion, Spoken Word Poet and Hip Hop Recording Artist, Propaganda, acclaimed musician Sleeping at Last, and DJ and Creative Arranger, Bobbito the Chef. On October 2, Catalyst Labs will offer intimate, conversational environments designed to engage leaders on a deeper level around issues affecting next generation leaders. Lab presenters include Reggie Joiner, Dr. Henry Cloud, Kara Powell, Rachel Cruze, David Kinnaman, Blake Canterbury, Jeff Shinabarger, Hannah Song, Leroy Barber, Jen Hatmaker, Bob Goff, Ann Voskamp and more.
“The influence of the Catalyst community arises from the stories and experiences of leadership pioneers who carry the collective wisdom and passion of the Catalyst movement into their respective communities,” said Springton. “At its core, the movement exists to ignite passion for Christ and develop and equip next generation leaders to engage and impact their world.”
Catalyst 2013 will be held at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga. More information can be found at http://www.catalystconference.com.