I had the privilege this past week to attend Catalyst West 2011 with a team from South Bay Church. It was a fantastic experience but, as Matt Chandler said, a bit like trying to drink from a firehose. There’s a lot to work through. In an attempt to process some of what I heard and think about it a bit more, I’ve decided to resurrect my blog with a series of posts related to Catalyst. I need to force myself to write and think.
When Filipe sent out an email informing us that South Bay had tickets for those who wanted to go to Catalyst I assumed I wouldn’t be able to go. The conference was just a few weeks after Janelle’s due date. I didn’t dare ask to take an out of town trip and leave my wife with a newborn, a 16 month old, and a four year old. I’m smarter than that.
Janelle actually brought it up to me and said she felt like I should go. I did my best to pretend to struggle with saying yes and snagged South Bay’s last ticket. Fiona was just one month old but Janelle blessed the heck out of me by taking care of our girls while I left her alone from Wednesday-Saturday. I’ve said it before and I will be saying it until the day I die – one of the greatest evidences of God’s love for me is the amazing woman He gave me to spend my life with.
I had a lot of fun at the conference getting to spend some time with people from South Bay and strengthen some existing friendships as well as make some new ones. As far as the conference itself, there were some fantastic sessions and some not-so-fantastic ones. I did my best to get what I could out of everything and open myself up to whatever God had for me. Over the next few posts I’ll share my thoughts on the conference and some of what I got from it.