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What Breaks Your Heart?

October 2, 2014

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. I have been asked to serve as a part of the Blogger Team at Catalyst!

Andy Stanley, Pastor of North Point Community Church and one of the best communicators out there opens up each Catalyst Conference. He read from Nehemiah 1 and asked us two questions.

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  1. Who are you?

  2. What breaks your heart?

Even if small, what is in you that must bring about change?

There is a correlation between leaders and change.

  • Great leaders make things better.
  • Great leaders love progress.
  • Great leaders fix broken things.
  • Great leaders don’t blame.

“Blame is the most effective change avoidance strategy.”

We, as leaders, hate to see broken things be broken. Broken hearted leaders effect change.

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. I have been asked to serve as a part of the Blogger Team at Catalyst!

Reggie Joiner is sharing in the opening session of the LABS day.

If we only have so many years left, what do I want to invest my time in? Reggie shared about having two of his daughters get married in last few months which caused him to reflect on what is important.

What he wants his kids to know:
– You can know God
– Understand what it means to become a Christian in a moment
– Bible is all true
– Trust leads to stronger faith
– You should enjoy going to church
– Your beliefs matter
– God has an ideal for your life. The closer you move towards this the sweeter your life will be.
– God is Good

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The Catalyst Conference I recently attended is a gathering of pastors, church leaders, writers and speakers. People who are giving themselves in the arena of ministry.

Many come to Catalyst hungry to be fed since they routinely are feeding others.
We come to hear from God and to be inspired.
And, to be honest, many times we come because we are discouraged, weary, and tired.

I attended for all of the above reasons.

Judah Smith gave three quick glimpses into stories in Scripture which help us lift up our heads when we get weary. He is the lead pastor from City Church in Seattle, as well as the author of Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human. Here is my summary of his message.

The 3 glimpses were:

Most everything which comes from those working with the Catalyst vein of ministry is quality. Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are by Craig Groeschel is no exception.

Altar Ego is a play on words. We must take our own perception of our self and lay it on the altar, embracing the new version; God’s version of our identity.

Early on in the book, as Groeschel is telling his own story he says, “But for the first time in my life, I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I didn’t need to try harder. I didn’t need to turn over a new leaf. I didn’t need to pick myself up by my bootstraps and give myself a pep talk. I needed to die to myself. And to let Christ live in me.”

Andy Stanley is one of my favorite communicators. I thoroughly enjoy his podcasts and respect what he has accomplished. When I read several blogs touting must-read leadership books, his was on there. I picked up a copy of Next Generation Leader and was not disappointed.

Andy looks at 5 Essential Traits for those who will shape the future. I will overview the 5 C’s:


Leaders must channel their energies towards those arenas in which they are most likely to succeed.

Andy says his biggest mistake early in leadership was focusing on things which were not his strengths. Playing to your strengths and delegating towards your weakness is wisdom.

He sums this principle up by saying, “Great leaders know when to follow.”

Competence is not required of leaders in areas, only the right ones.



The leader is the one who has the courage to initiate, to set things in motion, and to move ahead.