As readers of this blog know, I recently blogged the Catalyst 14 conference in Atlanta. The lineup was full of world-class speakers such as Andy Stanley, Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Charles Duhigg, and more. Worship was led by Matt Redman.
Through my time there I interacted with a number of other volunteers from the local area. It was interesting to see a disconnect.
While the arena was full of 10,000 learners and worshippers, locals were heard to say things like:
“Can we leave early?” and “Do we really need to hear another message?”
I saw many of them staring mindlessly at their cell phones while around them people were paying money to encounter God. Perhaps it was because Atlanta has a world-class event seemingly every month!
The ExtraOrdinary had become Ordinary.
Before we point the finger at Catalyst and Atlanta area volunteers, lets consider other areas.