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Catalyst West April 21-23, 2010
Mariners Church; Irvine, Calif.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Catalyst Atlanta last year. The annual Catalyst conferences are geared to church leaders looking to inspire the “next generation leaders through engaging dialogue, powerful content, and awe-inspiring worship.” And boy, do they inspire!

I was particularly stirred when Chuck Swindoll, one of the keynote speakers at Catalyst Atlanta, shared “10 Ministry Lessons I’ve Learned,” drawing from his more than 50 years of ministry. Here’s what I recorded:

  1. It’s lonely to lead.
  2. It’s dangerous to succeed.
  3. It is hardest to lead at home.
  4. It’s essential to be real.
  5. It’s painful to obey.
  6. Brokenness and failure are necessary to succeed.
  7. My attitude is more important than my actions.
  8. Integrity is more essential than image.
  9. God’s way is always better than my way.
  10. Christ-likeness begins and ends with humility.

Chuck went on to share five statements for people to remember, as we look toward the next 50 years of leadership:

  1. Whatever you do, do more with others and less alone.
  2. Whenever you do it, emphasize quality not quantity.
  3. Wherever you go, do it the same as if you were among those who know you the best.
  4. Whoever may respond to your ministry, keep a level head.
  5. However long you lead, keep on dripping with gratitude and grace.

For more on what Chuck said at Catalyst Atlanta, visit

I hope that, as you work to inspire our next generation of leaders, you, too, will be inspired!

I am also pleased to share with you that our NextGen leaders were able to secure a special rate for Foursquare people who participate in Catalyst West Coast this year. I hope many from our Foursquare churches—especially those leading the next generation—will be able to attend this conference, which takes place April 21-23 in Irvine, Calif.

Download information on how to receive a discount with your advance registration for Catalyst West:

served as the president of The Foursquare Church from 2009-2020.