I took the last several days and went to Catalyst Atlanta. It’s a Christian Leadership conference that I wouldn’t miss. It has expected and unexpected moments. Fun, education, motivation, praise, worship, entertainment, speaking. And more.
I learn more in 2 days than I learn in several months. I try to note the major points from each of the speakers; but end up only writing half of them. I just can’t write fast enough.
Another issue, is that I forget who said the points that I remember.
On the way home my family (who attended with me) started talking about our impact moments. And then we all tried to remember who said what. Several times I heard “points” for the very first time — I was there, but my mind was spinning on another important point; and I missed the next point entirely. The fact that my teenage sons listened for 2 days and wanted more; speaks volumes on the quality of the conference.
But it ultimately doesn’t matter who said what (obviously I’m not a copyright lawyer).
One amazing thing that an amazing speaker said (do you like how I skirted the issue?):
People will only let go of something when you offer them something better.
Often we promote the latest and the greatest in the church. A new program. A new product. And it’s no better than what someone already has. And that’s the #1 reason for failure.
Want change in your church? Consider what your audience is holding on to. Then consider how your “new” thing is “better”. Then talk the benefits; and people will let go to try something new.