Will the real Catalyst please stand up?

How many Catalyst’s are there anyways? I think event planners like the word “catalyst” because it connotes startup energy and something to trigger new things, but with so many of them out there, doesn’t that dilute its implicit energetic-ness? And what about the catalytic converter in my car?

First, there’s Catalyst, an InterVarsity conference in Missouri.

Then there’s the Catalyst Leadership Center[i]. It was launched in 1991 as Katalyst, and has provided resources and vision for established and emerging Korean/ Asian American ministry leaders over the years. Its most recent project was the Asian North American Theology and Ministry Consultation, which gathered about 100 next gen Asian North American leaders to discuss issues that’ll be used as content for something like a follow-up book to Growing Healthy Asian American Churches.

catalyst-mag-logoCatalyst magazine was founded in 1982 to keep its finger on the pulse of the rise of the “cultural creatives” — those who take a whole-systems approach to the world’s ecological, social and spiritual crises.

ldr-cat-headerLeadership Catalyst is now being branded as TrueFaced. Leadership Catalyst was founded in 1995 as a resource for helping readers, leaders and groups discover the many freedoms of their identity, by learning to live truefaced.

logocatalystCatalyst is a non-profit founded in 1962 to expand opportunities for women and business.

And, of course, there’s the biggie Catalyst conference in Atlanta that now has 12,000+ attending this largest gathering of next gen leaders in the country.

Catalyst was conceived as a Next Generation Leaders Conference in 1999 by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, John Maxwell, Larry Donoho and several young leaders. Catalyst was created to meet the felt need that existed within the church leadership space for a leadership event that was focused on a new generation of church leaders.
So which one is Catalyst really? Does size matter? Does seniority matter? Do you find so many Catalysts confusing?


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3 Responses

  1. Tim says:

    yeah, another popular one might be “synergy”