October 7, 2009
Catalyst Day 1: The Green Room
Backstage at the Catalyst Labs
Catalyst is here. We'll be blogging for the next three days from the event in Atlanta. While the main event starts tomorrow, today the pre-conference "Labs" will feature multiple tracks and a lot of speakers/leaders. We'll be in and out of many sessions and blogging about the experience. The labs really get rolling after 1pm. Until then, I'll been hanging out in the green room which is buzzing with activity.
I had a great chat with Alan and Deb Hirsch about their upcoming book, Untamed. It's their attempt at developing a missional approach to discipleship. It sounds fantastic, and they're the right people for a project of that nature.
I've also connected with Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC. I first met Mark in 2008 when I interviewed him for an article in Leadership. We talked about how his church has been impacted by the changes in Washington this year--mainly the new Obama administration.
Carlos Whittaker and Anne Jackson are also here. They're hosting the "backstage" conversations that will be posted online. We chatted about the pros and cons of online community and blogging. It's nice to find thoughtful, wise, Christians like Los and Anne discussing this topic. They're obviously highly engaged online, but they recognize the shortcomings of the medium.
Well, that's it for now. More updates as the day continues.
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