Andy Stanley at Catalyst 2011

Here are some highlights and observations pulled from my journal notes of Andy Stanley at Catalyst 2011, Thursday Oct 6.

“The more successful you are, the more inaccessible you become.”

In other words, as you move through life, more and more people will want to engage you and/or give you responsibilities. It becomes impossible to say yes to everything. The challenge, as he says, is that while you can’t take it all in, you don’t want to shut it all out, either. So, his rule for managing lots of people is:

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.”

It’s not “fair” but fair died in the Garden of Eden so don’t even try to be fair. By engaging one person, you stay grounded in ministry, and you find that your engagement of one often leads to engagement with multiples. He also said:

“Go long term and not short term.”

For example, don’t do 20 one-hour married couple counseling sessions; do one couple for 20 sessions. Don’t try to be fair, but be engaged. Be present. (“Be present” is the conference theme.)