what-to-do-atlanta-catalystSo Catalyst is just around the corner, taking place in Atlanta on October 1-3. We’ll be there, and we hope you will be, too. As you probably know by now, we’re so excited about this conference that we held a contest to allow one of our lucky Facebook followers a chance to join us there at our cost.

Catalyst Recap

Catalyst is about change in the church. It’s about equipping church leaders with important and relevant content and experiences that will help transform their thinking, provoke meaningful action and cultivate Christian community. Catalyst will have labs on influencing the world for good, collaborating on common causes, and unleashing the next generation of women leaders. The speakers who will be taking the stage include people with traditional church roles–like Matt Chandler and Mark DeYmaz, who are successful pastors and authors–and also some more unusual leaders, like cognitive neuroscientist Caroline Leaf and award-winning journalist Charles Duhigg.

Benefit from Church Building Experts

There’s a lot to do at Catalyst in addition to listening to speakers and attending labs. You’ll also have a chance to speak face to face with businesses of all sorts that support churches and help them fulfill their vision for their communities, including The McKnight Group. And when it comes to church building and remodeling projects, you can count on us to have the expertise you need, so please come visit The McKnight Group at Booth #100 on the upper-level concourse; it’s the same place we were at last year.

What Else to Do in Atlanta

Naturally, there’s a lot to do in Atlanta in addition to experiencing this amazing church growth event. Before or after the conference (or if you manage to find any time during), we suggest that you check out some interesting Atlanta highlights. While most tourists go to Underground Atlanta, Centennial Park and Zoo Atlanta, here are a few other ideas more in keeping with the Catalyst theme:

Popular Area Churches
There are some large, innovative and popular churches in the Atlanta area. Why not take a little time to check them out? 12Stone Church is one. It has five Atlanta area campuses and more on the way. Its pastor, Kevin Meyers recently published a book called “Home Run.” North Point Community Church is another large church with a very active pastor, Andy Stanley. He is also a prolific book author. Finally, for a more traditional church experience, check out the First Baptist Church Atlanta. Dr. Charles Stanley, author and radio host, is the pastor there.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
MLK is arguably Atlanta’s most renowned pastor so you might want to learn more about his history in the city. There are actually three main sites, so start at the visitor center to get your bearings. In addition to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace and burial site, you will also get to see the church where he preached. Take a moment to sit in the pew and think about what a difference his life and preaching made for our country.

So when you come to Atlanta for Catalyst, we hope you enjoy your time there. We also hope you come by our booth to say hello. And if you have questions about church building and remodeling, and all our great blogs on Catalyst have not yet convinced you to attend, you can always give us a call at 800-625-6448 or sign up for your free i3 webinar series to experience some of our “labs!”