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Catalyst 2010: Andy Stanley

As is tradition at Catalyst, Andy Stanley opened up the conference. This year the theme is “tension is good.” Here’s what Andy had to share on the topic:


  • “We are a bundle of appetites and desires. And each appetite creates tension because it wants more.”
  • “Every time you get more responsibility in an organization, you want more.”
  • “No matter how many times you win, you want more.”
  • “God created your appetites and sin distorted them.”
  • “Your appetites always whisper ‘now’ and never ‘later’.”
  • “I couldn’t name two people in ministry who have lost their ministry of bad theology.” …compared to people who have lost ministry because they didn’t properly manage appetites.
  • “Appetites are powerful, and they are never fully and finally satisfied.”
  • “Whatever you want, you will only want more. This tension will not go away.”
  • “Your only hope is reframing your appetite in the context of what God has called you to do.”
  • “Ten years from now…” Write down whatever comes to mind. This exercise will cause you to reframe your appetites.
  • “The clearer and more defined the frame, the less grip our appetites will have on our lives.”
  • “What is it that you’re doing that’s not illegal or immoral, but you hope no one finds out about it?”
  • “You have no idea what God wants to accomplish through your life.” …and your children and grand children
  • “Reframe and then refrain. Don’t trade your future.”


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Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.