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What is THE WAVE?  Craig Groeschel describes it as “when God seems to do more than you can handle!” According to Craig, during the wave, your buildings aren’t big enough, you can’t hire fast enough, you’re just hanging on for life. He starts today with some simple points: 1.The wave won’t last forever.  Harness it’s power while you can. 2. You can work with the wave or fight against it. Many leaders try to slow down what God is doing because they’re scared they won’t keep up. 3. The wave doesn’t happen because of something you do, it happens because God causes it. Take a look at more of Craig’s thoughts here. I’m wondering… have you ever experienced THE WAVE in your church or ministry? Take a moment to tell us (in the comments section) when you first realized you were riding the wave, and how you handled it? Then, how did the wave end (or has it)? How long did it last? todd

Here are three quotes taken from an article at that feature three very prominent megachurch pastors.  See if this kind of flies in the face of what many people think about megachurches:  low involvement, low accountability… Here are the quotes… what do you think? Craig Groeschel on “Christian Atheists”: I believe in God but I want to do whatever the heck I want to do. I want enough of God to keep me out of hell and enough of God to get me into heaven but I don’t want so much of God that it makes me change my lifestyle because at its root I believe in God but I do not fear Him. Rick Warren on Saddleback’s future: If you passively just want to sit around in the next 10 years and just waste your life on things that won’t last, you probably want to find another church because you’re not going to really feel comfortable here. Because if you’re in this church, I’m coming after you to be mobilized. Bill Hybels on Willow’s discipleship mistake: We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become “self feeders.” We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own. Any thoughts? Todd More here…

Why do people love to give time, money, energy, and love to parachurch organizations when they don’t give time, energy and love to their home church?  Craig Groeschel suggests that it could be because the parachurch organization has a bigger vision than your church! Craig says: Almost daily, I hear great church members excited about their ‘outside the church ministry’. Instead of whining about why they don’t give, serve, or care about the ministry of the local church, I’ve made two commitments:
  1. I’m going to cast such a compelling vision for the power of the local church that the vision would draw their hearts back to the local church.
  2. I’m going to celebrate and embrace whatever they are doing to make a difference.
You can read more here… QUESTION:  Do you have people in your church that are more pumped about their favorite parachurch organization than about your church?  What can you do to change that?  And… do you need to?

Current Events
Catalyst One Day is coming to Atlanta! Make plans to attend on Monday, March 26, at North Point Community Church. Join Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel for a one day leadership event focused on the topic of Creating Healthy Organizational Culture. This practical leadership experience includes 4 sessions of content, Q and A, dynamic music, and a full day of practical insight from two of the principal voices on leadership in the Church today. Visit to register to attend & get the best rates available! Best rates end this Thursday, January 26.

In an unprecedented move, it was announced today that has purchased the Crystal Cathedral for an undisclosed amount.  The purchase brings a strong presence to the Southern California area and helps alleviate many financial pressures of the cash-strapped cathedral.  The new church will be named As part of the agreement, (and to help ease the transition), pastor Craig Groeschel has agreed to wear a pastoral robe for the first six months of the transition; and to ‘think positively’ as he prepares and delivers his sermons. According to spokesperson Ima Lyiar, ownership will take effective immediately, and that Easter Sunday will feature a combination of both traditional Crystal Cathedral and contemporary worship.  Highlights will include Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus performed by the worship band; A Steve Fee/Chris Tomlin duet (accompanied by the massive Crystal Cathedral pipe organ); and “Christ Arose” as performed by The Statler Brothers. Easter Services will begin at 9, 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10:15.