Center for Congregational Development offers discounted tickets to Catalyst Conference


The North Alabama Conference Center for Congregational Development has once again secured a block of tickets at a reduced rate for those North Alabama United Methodists who wish to attend the Catalyst Conference in October.

This year the tickets will be $199. (The regular price for a single ticket before the event will be $319 – so this is a considerable savings.) To secure tickets for yourself or a group from your church contact Lynne Paden in the Center for Congregational Development at (256) 382-6935 ext.236 or by June 28, 2012.

On October 3-5, 2012, the Catalyst Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA.  The two day event, (proceeded by one day of learning Labs) is targeted to young leaders, influencers and world changers who love Jesus. Organizers invite those who “see things differently, and feel a burden for our generation” to come “learn, worship and create together with a momentous energy passionately pursuing God."

The theme for the 2012 event is “Make.”  The Catalyst Conference website explains them theme saying, “As leaders, we all want to get there as quick as possible, yet we know that the process is what builds our character. It’s what MAKES us who we are. There is no fabrication of influence. No skipping the essential steps. No fast-forwarding through the benchmark moments of clarity and wisdom gained. We must earn the right to be heard. Our story is being handcrafted through the process.”

Scheduled speakers for the 2012 event includes a mix of well-known church leaders, social entrepreneurs and creative minds. The list of Main Speakers include the following:

  • Andy Stanley - Lead Pastor, North Point Community Church
  • Mark Burnett - Executive Producer, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank
  • Christine Caine - Author, Undaunted and Founder, The A21 Campaign
  • Geoffrey Canada - President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone and TIME 2011 Most Influential People List
  • Patrick Lencioni - Founder and President, The Table Group and Best-selling Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Craig Groeschel - Founding Pastor, and Author, Weird
  • Bryan Stevenson - Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Simon Sinek - Best-selling Author, Start With Why
  • Matt Chandler  - Lead Pastor, The Village Church and Author, The Explicit Gospel
  • Perry Noble - Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church
  • Francis Chan - Best-selling Author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God
  • Susan Cain - New York Times bestselling Author, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking
  • Jon Acuff - Blogger, Stuff Christians Like and Best-selling Author, Quitter

The Catalyst Conference first began in 1999. The website explains, “Catalyst was created to meet the felt need that existed within the church leader space for a leadership event that was focused on a new generation of church leaders.” Over the last 13 years more than 100,000 leaders have gathered in Atlanta for the experience.

For more information on the Catalyst Conference visit

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