| October 31, 2017
Before every Catalyst event we hold an all-team meeting to pray, worship, and dig deep into the promises of God. Since events tend to be organized chaos with each of us being pulled in a thousand different directions, this moment serves as a way to lay the groundwork for team unity in the demanding days ahead. This time of worship is deeply ingrained into our culture and provides fuel for our faith and work for the days to come.
In this meeting, I reiterate our two team rules for working our events. These two rules are a part of our everyday culture, but we want to see them magnified when we're onsite at events.
1. Serve your guts out
We want to go above and beyond for people as a means to show them that they are the reason we put on these events in the first place. People should never be seen as an inconvenience or an obstacle to our team. When given the option of accomplishing a task or attending to an individual, we measure the urgency before we choose. There are moments when a task is incredibly urgent and performing the task will impact many people. There are other instances where accomplishing a task at that moment is not essential, and you can slow down to appreciate someone who may need help or just needs to be heard.
We’re prone to get so caught up in crossing items off our to-do list that we see people as an obstacle we have to overcome in order to continue our tasks. This is a form of idolizing work and belittling the image of God. Don’t get so caught up in a task that you miss out on the people that you’re doing the task for in the first place. People are at the ends of all meaningful tasks and Catalyst exists to serve the local church, not put on great events.
2. Have fun
Serving at high capacity takes hard work, but we don’t want hard work to diminish our joy during the journey. We believe that hard work and abundant joy go hand in hand while working with God to establish His kingdom on this earth. Yes, we will experience stressful seasons of work, but we can also have a real sense of peace and joy knowing that God is in control and gladly receives all cares that we cast on Him. At the end of the day, we are convinced that fun is a byproduct of being passionate about our mission to serve Church-loving leaders.
I tell my team before the event that this event is for them as much as it is for the attendee. To think that God has nothing to reveal to us in the midst of the work is a foolish thought that should be quickly dismissed. After Jesus fed the 5,000, there were 12 baskets left, one for each disciple. He still works in the same, abundant manner, providing for all of His children.
Grateful to lead with you,