Student leaders attend Catalyst Event
October 28, 2010

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Catalyst is described as a "pure leadership encounter with powerful teaching, new voices, awe-inspiring worship, unmatched creativity, and stories of the Gospel being lived out, all wrapped around the high octane energy of 13,000 leaders passionately pursuing God."*

Student leaders from two Applied Christian Leadership classes attended the conference—42 students along with 13 faculty and staff members—helping to fill Atlanta's Gwinnett Center Arena for "The Tension is Good" Catalyst event.

In addition to hearing from the Main Event speakers that included Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, T. D. Jakes, Perry Noble, Gabe Lyons, Christine Caine, Seth Godin, and Craig Groeschel. attendees also participated in Catalyst Labs led by Michael Hyatt (CEO of Thomas Nelson), Tim Elmore (Founder of Growing Leaders), Jonathan Acuff, and Alan and Debra Hirsch (Authors of a number of books, including their recent release, Untamed).

Four attendees describe below how the experience impacted them.


"Catalyst encouraged and challenged me. It introduced me to new ideas, informed and empowered me to both think and act about the problems facing the world today. It gave me vision and practical advice. I wish I had gone every year."

Drew Abercrombie
Resident Assistant-Woodlee/Ewing Hall
Senior English Major

Sarah Becker
Junior SGA President
Corporate Communication major

"Catalyst was a great opportunity to hear diverse and fantastic speakers, gain knowledge of organizations doing incredible things all over the world, and enter into discussion about the above with fellow Bryan College leaders. The theme—"The Tension is Good"—was extremely timely for both the inner tensions I feel returning from the Acts Project and the tensions we all experience as part of being a college student. Through the speakers—some hilarious, some challenging, some informative, some simply impassioned with scripture—I truly believe what I gleaned at Catalyst will follow me at Bryan and beyond and continue to mold me into a better leader."
“Catalyst was a full-throttle experience for body, soul, mind, and spirit! The almost overwhelming excitement of the leaders that filled the arena provided an incredible super-charge! As this was my first time attending Catalyst, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The top quality speakers challenged, encouraged, and entertained. I came away with new perspectives in some areas of my leadership and while other areas were reinforced and validated. To be a part of thousands upon thousands of Christian leaders coming together networking for growth was thrilling.“


Kim Tuttle
Resident Director
F.E. Robinson Hall

Scott W. Jones, Ph.D., D.Min.
Associate Professor of
Christian Ministry
“Catalyst 2010 was once again geared toward the emerging adult generation of Christian leaders. Catalyst 2009 was celebrating its 10th anniversary; as a result, the emphasis of last year's conference was back to its original roots: a time of encouragement and leadership primarily for the emerging adult generation of church leaders. With the focus once again upon the broader category of Christian leadership, Catalyst 2010 was much more relevant to the larger audience of Bryan students. This year's primary emphasis was upon the role of justice - even more specifically social justice—within the framework of the Gospel. Many Bryan students—along with most of the emerging adult generation—really connected with this emphasis. This emphasis coupled with a second emphasis of simple yet profound leadership development issues made Catalyst 2010 a very valuable and beneficial time for the members of the Bryan community who attended.”

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