According to P.R. from the Catalyst (brand) conference, who is at the conference?
b) the weak
c) the "doers", the "cultural architects", the "influencers", the "change agents", the "bold", the "excellent", those who are "passionate about something big", and the "driven".
d) fumble-y people
In light of the answer being "c", are you okay with not being there?
a) In light of "c", I don't think I should be there
b) I so belong there. I'm driven, I'm an influencer, I'm a change agent, I'm bold. I'm a leader, and I'm passionate about Big Things. But my wife said no.
c) I don't know, but I totally wondered why all the people with goatees were missing at Bible Study last night.
d) Maybe they don't mean that. Maybe marketing won over reflection. Maybe it often does.
I'm going with "a" and "d" on the last one.
In all seriousness: I appreciate what many of them are trying to do. And I've never been to a Catalyst conference.
But -- just my hunch, and for what it's worth: Dynamic "cultural architects" will not be the ones "who will reclaim our communities and culture for good."
It's just me, based on my understanding of Biblical stories, and how the Kingdom works, but I'd actually be afraid of considering myself a driven, bold, cultural architect, because I think I'd honestly feel like I was disqualifying myself from the work. They're impressive, sure, but don't seem the type God chooses, you know, reclaim our communities and culture for good.
Maybe you've never had to even think about it. Most humans don't even consider it a possibility. They didn't grow up white, didn't grow up around success-speak, and don't worry that their thing isn't the next best one. Maybe you're like them.
You might not even be able to tie your shoes right, let alone aim to prepare a dynamic, weekly, culturally relevant, weekly, multi-campus, satellite-uplinked power presentation.
If they were picking an All-Star Awesome Dynamic Future Change Agent Leader Team, you might get picked last, or not picked at all.
Shoot, you might be the little Hispanic lady cleaning up the floor after the dynamic conference, before taking the bus home, late at night, to her family in an Atlanta apartment.
Just my understanding, but If I'm right?
Buckle up. You're the one.