Perhaps it's silly, but I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. Tomorrow, Catalyst '08 kicks off with an agenda full of labs hosted by speakers that are keynotes in their own right, followed by the conference officially kicking off bright and early Thursday morning.
Seriously. I look forward to this all year.
I know most of you kind enough to read my blog are already aware of this reunion consisting of 12,000 people who are all passionate about making a difference for Christ. But for those of you who are newer to the ministry realm, to call this a "conference" or an "event" is like calling the Grand Canyon a pothole.
It's an experience. I love the attention to detail everywhere I look. I love the brilliant masterminds behind it all who truly get it with services marketing, the importance of under promising/over-delivering and engaging the audience. I love how it changes people.
I guess it's safe to say I'm truly one of the raving fans you'd read about in one of Seth Godin's books. It's difficult for me to stop talking about Catalyst. [Even had an opportunity to "evangelize" a complete stranger at O'Hare today]
I think this is my 5th or 6th year now. I've come with teams. I've come solo when God needed to do some serious work in my heart. And this year I'm bringing my 16 yr old son who's wrestling with what Christianity means for him personally. I feel that strongly about it.
Somehow I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen few who will have special wifi access, so I will be twittering [dawnnicole] and blogging as much as possible throughout the event. I've also been invited to a blogger's lunch with none other than Seth Godin himself, so as soon as the shock wears off & I'm able to think clearly, I'll be raving about that too.
AND for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of what's going on, you'll want to check out Catalyst Backstage with Anne Jackson. Anne is truly a sharp, entertaining blogger [who's also insanely humble]. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Hopefully I'll see you there!