Don’t get me wrong. There’s lots of good that the Catalyst conferences do. I haven’t been to their east or west conferences, but did spend a day at their One Day over at Granger this month. A few of my friends have enjoyed the ministry as well. I wish them the best with their future conferences, but I do feel led to bring a burning question out of my mind and into the open. Something that probably isn’t good for my “profile”… I’m sure quite a few won’t appreciate what I have to say here. But when was the last time my profile was more important to me than my God? Hence the following discussion, and really the issue at the core of it all.
Thousands of people flock to these conferences. The leaders spend many hours preparing, I’m sure. Recently they have hosted and have invited some “prestigious / uber / big shot” guests to speak at their conferences. I have facts that prove that one of these prestigious individuals believes that “religion and its rules are just silly”. The other individual apparently doesn’t have that harsh of beliefs, but from following his efforts and success, I have only heard him talk about this God he follows during this and one other Christian event. That probably amounts to 1% of what I have heard from him. The purpose of bringing the prestigious to the conference? How about having them share exactly what they would share with any other business?
I’ll cut to the chase, and let you hear why this bothers the snot out of me. I know not every person is called to work in ministry, and have a firm belief that we are all called to do our best in the arena God has given us. I consider myself a leader. Quite a few people have told me that I have “inspired them”. But that doesn’t make me the person that has to hear from some “uber / famous / household name” individual to be successful. Jesus Christ is at the core of most (not every – I do screw up) of my decisions. Who cares how successful you are while you are gaining the whole world! Mark 8:36 and the Toby Mac song that rings on my iPhone to remind me of this speaks directly at this decision.
I share all of this to open up an on-going discussion. Am I ignorant to be questioning the purpose of just becoming a better “leader” in today’s world? Do you care that Christ is becoming less of the focus as some of our ministries are thriving more and more? Bring the heat while I stand in the kitchen waiting for the house to burn. Hopefully you can clear this up for me? Does it irritate you when you don’t hear God getting the glory from those we follow most closely?
PRAYING for you as you think over these thoughts and decide what God wants in your life. PRAISING God for giving me another day to spend with my valentine.