First of all - a disclaimer... I did not personally select the winners for the Catalyst ONE DAY tickets. Had some help from a couple of Orchard staff peeps, who chose for reasons beyond my knowledge.....
Pastors....church leaders - it doesn't take very long to slip into "comfort" mode, does it? Believe me, I know how it is. If we're not careful, we get pulled too much into the day to day "stuff" and before we know it, our thinking and dreaming begins to decline....we gradually slip into maintenance mode.....and next thing we know, our focus has become more about micromanaging and maintaining than it has about the things that really matter most.
The solution? Well for me, one of the things that always seems to help me regain focus and vision is getting AWAY from the familiar and getting around people who are thinking....dreaming....and doing things that are bigger (and different) than what I'm doing.
Unleash is NewSpring's dream of sharing what they're learning on their journey with fellow pastors & church leaders across America. And pastors, listen...this isn't about you or your church becoming a "NewSpring" clone. This is about seeing first hand how a local church is doing an incredible job of being who God has called them to be for the people God has best positioned them to reach. And seeing that done really well....is worth a trip - especially if you and your team need to be yanked out of your comfort zones and given a fresh dose of inspiration and encouragement.
Here's the link. Check it out. It's happening on March 4th, 2010 in Andersen, South Carolina. (BTW....it's only $59/person.)