This past week I attended Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA. Some 13 thousand Christian leaders came together for 3 days of meetings that featured, Pastors, businessmen, marketers and thought leaders. While I wouldn’t attempt to review or summarize the conference, I decided to share with you a few random thoughts:
- Authenticity from Christian leaders is no longer a novelty, it’s the norm. The days of the bully pulpit are over.
- I’m truly optimistic about a new generation of Christian leaders whose commitment to living out their faiths encourages my own walk. They are bright, resourceful and committed. I hold out a lot of hope for them.
- There’s a strong movement to give away resources and tools to the Christian community at large. Generosity seems to be making its way into the evangelical church.
- Evangelicals have embraced the under-resourced, exploited, and downtrodden. Social justice seems no longer the banner of the liberal left. It feels like we have decided to take “all” of Jesus’ commandments to heart after all.
- Christians seem to look more like the communities they come from: piercings, tattoos, fedora hats. It seems for the first time in a long time that thankfully we have de-homogenized the Christian “look.”
- No matter how much technology or production-value any given session or speaker has, content and delivery are still king. You might have the coolest presentation or a best-selling book, but the most memorable moments are the ones that connect with both your heart and mind.
I’m curious. What changes have you noticed in American Christianity during the past decade?