Campus leaders attend Catalyst Conference
October 26, 2009

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Each October, student leaders enrolled in the Applied Christian Leadership class attend the Catalyst conference in Atlanta.  This year 41 students, 12 faculty/staff, and 1 alumnus joined over 13,000 other Christian leaders to fill the Gwinnett Center Arena for the 10th anniversary Catalyst.

In addition to hearing from the Main Event speakers that included Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Chuck Swindoll, Louie Giglio, Malcolm Gladwell, and Tony Dungy, attendees also participated in the Catalyst Labs.  In these sessions Aaron Keyes, Margaret Feinberg, Nancy Ortberg, Matt Chandler, Andy Couch, and others addressed the topics of culture, influence, community, serving, and engaging.

Four attendees describe how the experience impacted them:
“My time at Catalyst was very challenging and refreshing. What was most helpful for me were the speakers who shared PRACTICAL ways on how be a servant leader for Christ. This was my second year going and I always come back with way more helpful insights and truth then I got there with. It was awesome!”
~Victoria Wilson, Junior
Resident Assistant, Liberal Arts Major
“Catalyst was a well executed event that challenged me to think about the church by their mission rather than their presentation. I came away being reminded that God is much bigger than what I think is right or wrong. The global church is God's church.”

~Kristina Anderson, Resident Director
“Catalyst 10 was a great Christian leadership conference because it provided a well-rounded view of leadership while keeping in mind that as leaders we must be 'Gospel-driven.' Being a 'Gospel-driven' leader is about pointing people to Christ on a continual basis. The speakers came at leadership from several different points of view and presented a deeper outlook on what it means to be a Christian leader committed to excellence.”
 ~Taylor Hasty, Head Baseball Coach
“Catalyst was an exciting experience of music, fun, stimulating conversation, and stellar speakers. I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn from some of the leading minds in the country on ways I can improve my leadership and my ability to serve God through what I do.”
~Evan Johnson, Junior
SGA President, History Major