In our May 6 blog, we talked about three upcoming opportunities to meet experts from The McKnight Group in person. We mentioned we were going to give away some tickets to one of those events. Well, now is your chance!

If you would like to attend a conference specifically focused on raising up and training church leaders under 40 years of age and also talk in person with some of our skilled and experienced staff about church design and building projects, we invite you to enter our Facebook contest today to win 2 tickets to this October’s Atlanta Catalyst Conference, along with two nights’ hotel accommodations.

What Is Catalyst?

Catalyst started in 1999 as the Next Generation Leaders Conference. It was founded by church leaders who felt there was a need for a leadership development conference that focused on the younger (20 to 30-year-old) generation.

In order to engage and prepare a younger generation of church leaders, they conceived of a conference that was fun, engaging, and dynamic. At Catalyst Conferences, young people are challenged to step up and become change agents in their churches and communities. They are taught critical leadership skills to help them get there, receiving guidance in such topics as organizational and personal leadership, integrity, character, relationships, and teamwork.

Over the course of a dozen years, 100,000 people have participated in the Atlanta conferences, and there are now events on the West Coast and in Dallas as well.

Why Would Church Design and Building Experts Attend Catalyst?

So why are we going to Catalyst? Part of the process of developing church leaders is helping them understand that by developing their leadership skills will in turn help develop their church.  Similarly, an appropriate facility to minister in is needed, so creating church buildings that meet the requirements of the next generation of church leaders requires that we understand what those leaders want and need. Catalyst also gives young leaders a chance to talk with us about their vision, which helps us innovate designs for future church buildings that will support their work.

Do You Want to Join Us at Catalyst?

We feel that Catalyst is an important way to build relationships, train and strengthen current and future leaders, and energize everyone for the work of God in their communities. So we want to give a lucky—and active—church leader the chance to attend. To enter the contest, all you need to do is go to our Facebook page and Like us to get started. The deadline for entering is August 15, and we will announce the winner on September 1. The winner will receive two tickets to the Atlanta Catalyst Conference (October 1-3, 2014) and 2 nights’ hotel accommodations.

We hope to see many of you at Catalyst, because we believe it provides critical training and development for future church leaders. We also hope that you’ll subscribe to our free i3 webinar series, which gives church leaders of every age important knowledge and understanding about church design, building, and remodeling. We look forward to supporting you, your church leaders, and your church’s vision!