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Catalyst Leaders Learn How "Tension is Good"

More than 13,000 leaders were expected to converge in Atlanta for the Catalyst Leadership Conference this week starting Wednesday, October 6 until Friday, October 8.

Andy Stanley, lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia kicked off the conference with a unique message on tension—the overall theme for the conference. Using the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau, Stanley encouraged leaders not to let their appetites control their destiny. Esau gave up his birthright to fulfill his craving and his hunger. He exchanged his destiny for a bowl of stew.

“What’s true of Esau is true of you,” Stanley said. He encouraged leaders to reframe their appetites with a bigger and more Biblical perspective, warning them not to compromise their influence. “Don’t trade your future for a bowl of stew. You have no idea what plans God wants to accomplish in your life.”

Catalyst continues through Friday evening with speakers like Craig Groeschel, Beth Moore, T.D. Jakes and Francis Chan.

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Toni Ridgaway is a content editor for the Outreach Web Network, including churchleaders.com and SermonCentral.com.