Catalyst West Coast

francis chan

It looks like 25-30 of us from the Calvary team are attending Catalyst West Coast next April. I flew out to Atlanta to attend a Catalyst conference a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. There were something like 30,000 people at that one, and there’s supposed to be something like 3,000 at this regional event. Check out this cast of characters who will be speaking:

  1. Andy Stanley
  2. Erwin McManus
  3. Brian Houston
  4. Craig Groeschel
  5. Jud Wilhite
  6. Perry Noble
  7. Francis Chan
  8. Guy Kawasaki
  9. Nick Vujicic
  10. Catherine Rohr

And oh yeah, Hillsong freaking United will be leading worship. Those guys are 90% of the reason that I’m hearing impaired… (I’m not really hearing impaired)

I love conferences like this one. I love to rub elbows with people who refuse to just “do church”. I love that my team is coming out in full force because they don’t want to just do church either.

team teaching

One of the things I love about Calvary is our brainstorming sessions for upcoming sermons. We have a group of people that meet to plan out the next few months of services, but not just the program elements. The pastoral team invites the entire brainstorm team to contribute ideas, thoughts, verses, outlines, you name it. In many churches, the teaching pastor tucks himself away in a room for a day or two and prepares the entire message by himself. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just the usual thing. But at Calvary there are about a dozen voices that end up coming together as one each Sunday morning. I’m on my way to one right now! Here’s a couple shots of our crew, prepping for a series in the parables and in Nehemiah. Can you tell which one’s which??