The Catalyst Conference in Atlanta is just three weeks away (October 1-3), and we’re excited to announce we’ve chosen the winner of our Catalyst Contest. Today we’ll be detouring from church design discussions to let you know some more about the exciting opportunities for learning and worship taking place at Catalyst, and introduce you to our contest winner.
We’re looking forward to the conference and all it has to offer. We’ve mentioned some of the great speakers and worship leaders before. Andy Stanley, from North Point Ministries, is an Atlanta pastor who has developed a network of five churches and over 30 church plants. Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv holds worship services in 16 Oklahoma locations and his messages are viewed at over 200 churches in his network. World-traveling Matt Redman is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter who will lead the worship at Catalyst. These are just a handful of the inspiring leaders who will be speaking and teaching during this amazing event.
On the first day of the conference there will also be some really cool labs that will allow participants a chance to discuss and learn about some of the most pressing topics and issues for churches today in workshop-style sessions. For example, there’s an “Innovate” session where the goal is to “Uniquely Express Original Ideas.” It will be led by Matt Redman and two other influencers; Hannah Brencher, the founder of The World Needs More Love Letters and Gideon Tsang, one of the pastors of Vox Veniae in Austin, Texas.
Another lab will be on the topic of risk and will talk about how people can “Challenge the Status Quo in the Face of Uncertainty.” One leader is Shelene Bryan, who took the risk of traveling to Africa to learn where her donated dollars were going, and ended up creating a nonprofit to provide food and clean water for children, both in America and around the world. Peter Greer, another leader of this lab, has a background in international microfinance, speaks on the connection between faith and international development, and has co-written a handful of books, including The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good.
Catalyst Contest Winner
So are you ready to learn who will be joining us at Catalyst, at our expense? The winner of our Catalyst Contest is the Reverend Mark Kingen, pastor of Russellville Community Wesleyan Church in Davison, Michigan. In addition to Pastor Mark, we hope you will join us, too, so you can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn more about ways to grow the church.
We hope that many of you will be coming to Atlanta! There’s much more we’re excited about surrounding the Catalyst Conference. In an upcoming post to our blog, we’ll focus on some great things to do in Atlanta while you’re there—besides coming to visit us at our booth, of course! And if you can’t join us in Atlanta, you can still get many of your church design and building questions answered by signing up for our free i3 webinar series today.
In our May 6 blog, we talked about three upcoming opportunities to meet experts from The McKnight Group in person. We mentioned we were going to give away some tickets to one of those events. Well, now is your chance!
If you would like to attend a conference specifically focused on raising up and training church leaders under 40 years of age and also talk in person with some of our skilled and experienced staff about church design and building projects, we invite you to enter our Facebook contest today to win 2 tickets to this October’s Atlanta Catalyst Conference, along with two nights’ hotel accommodations.
What Is Catalyst?
Catalyst started in 1999 as the Next Generation Leaders Conference. It was founded by church leaders who felt there was a need for a leadership development conference that focused on the younger (20 to 30-year-old) generation.
In order to engage and prepare a younger generation of church leaders, they conceived of a conference that was fun, engaging, and dynamic. At Catalyst Conferences, young people are challenged to step up and become change agents in their churches and communities. They are taught critical leadership skills to help them get there, receiving guidance in such topics as organizational and personal leadership, integrity, character, relationships, and teamwork.
Over the course of a dozen years, 100,000 people have participated in the Atlanta conferences, and there are now events on the West Coast and in Dallas as well.
Why Would Church Design and Building Experts Attend Catalyst?
So why are we going to Catalyst? Part of the process of developing church leaders is helping them understand that by developing their leadership skills will in turn help develop their church. Similarly, an appropriate facility to minister in is needed, so creating church buildings that meet the requirements of the next generation of church leaders requires that we understand what those leaders want and need. Catalyst also gives young leaders a chance to talk with us about their vision, which helps us innovate designs for future church buildings that will support their work.
Do You Want to Join Us at Catalyst?
We feel that Catalyst is an important way to build relationships, train and strengthen current and future leaders, and energize everyone for the work of God in their communities. So we want to give a lucky—and active—church leader the chance to attend. To enter the contest, all you need to do is go to our Facebook page and Like us to get started. The deadline for entering is August 15, and we will announce the winner on September 1. The winner will receive two tickets to the Atlanta Catalyst Conference (October 1-3, 2014) and 2 nights’ hotel accommodations.
We hope to see many of you at Catalyst, because we believe it provides critical training and development for future church leaders. We also hope that you’ll subscribe to our free i3 webinar series, which gives church leaders of every age important knowledge and understanding about church design, building, and remodeling. We look forward to supporting you, your church leaders, and your church’s vision!
You can learn a lot on the Internet these days. You might even wonder how people learned anything before the advent of the Internet. One answer, of course, is that people learned by getting together in person, and talking face to face. In fact, face to face interaction is still a critical way to educate yourself, and get your own, specific questions answered.
This is one very important reason why representatives from The McKnight Group will be present at three different events in the coming months. We recognize that, while our free i3 webinars provide you with a wealth of detailed information and helpful case studies on our various church building and renovation projects, it can be just as important to meet and discuss your particular church situation, face to face.
Here is more information on these three upcoming opportunities for you to connect with us personally.
May 22, 2014 – Pastors Appreciation Breakfast and Ministry Expo: Columbus, OH
We are one of the sponsors of this event, because we recognize the importance of celebrating the leaders who make our churches possible. Pastors are our shepherds, teachers and leaders. Without pastors growing the church would be much more difficult and we would have a lot less church building work to do. If you live in the Columbus area, join us for breakfast and the chance to discuss how we might help with your own church renovation or new building project.
July 8-11, 2014 – North American Christian Conference: Indianapolis, IN
This year the Conference is being held in Indianapolis, and we will be there, at Booth #1009. This amazing event has been happening almost every year since 1927, and is filled with powerful teaching sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and—of course—worship. This year’s theme is about recapturing the urgency of mission, so come learn and grow with us, and stop by our booth to talk about your own church’s mission and ministry vision, and how we might help connect that with your church building needs.
October 1-3, 2014 – Catalyst Conference: Atlanta, GA
This seminal conference is designed specifically to grow young Christian leaders. Started in 2000 and focused on training men and women under 40, over 100,000 have experienced their fun, dynamic approach to learning valuable leadership skills. This year we will have a booth at the Catalyst event in Atlanta, and we invite you, and your emerging young leaders, to join us there. In fact, we feel so strongly about the value of the conference that we will be giving away 6 pairs of tickets and hotel accommodations to it through an upcoming website contest, so stay tuned to learn more!
We hope to see you at one or more of these events. And if you have a question or need that can’t wait, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time.
What is i3?
Not just another church building seminar! i3 stands for “Ideas, Insights & Innovations” – all of which are required for church building and expansion in the ever-changing dynamic of growing the church community. In this short, one-day seminar, attendees had the opportunity to learn valuable ideas, insights and innovations from experienced church leaders and visionaries who have built or expanded church communities.
This year’s April 4th event was hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Church and her great staff. Senior Pastor, Ken Murphy, was instrumental in bringing to light the success stories of the church through multiple projects conducted by The McKnight Group. After conducting a tour of the campus for all attendees, Ken led a main session entitled “Building … People”.
Informative workshops were presented by The McKnight Group Staff including how to “Make a Lasting Impression With Your Church Interior Design” by Church Interior Designer Jennifer Snider, “Principles for Designing and Building Effective Ministry Tools” by Head of Architecture Philip Tipton, and “What Can A Church Do In Tough Economic Times” by McKnight Group Representative Eric Simmons.
The Charis Group’s Mark Brooks discussed “The New Normal – How Capital Funds Must Be Raised in the 21st Century”, bringing us up to speed on how the current economy has changed the landscape of giving towards capital projects.
What people are saying:
Thank you for an excellent seminar!! It was first class and really dealt with the issues! You certainly had my attention! May God richly bless you for your labor of love. Gratefully, Cliff & Lindal Reynolds
Thank you for hosting a great seminar and providing such a nice lunch … the morning sessions were VERY helpful. I got lots of good stuff to help us. Thank you.
Just to let you know, we really enjoyed the seminar, and appreciated all the information that I’m eager to pass on to our congregation.
Overall, a very informative day provided free by The McKnight Group! Need more information about Church Design and Church Building? Please give us a call: 800-625-6448. You may also join us for our next i3 Webinar by clicking here!
Spring 2013 i3 Seminar
Where: Columbus, Ohio
When: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Cypress Wesleyan Church
Time: 8:50AM to 3PM