Catalyst LIVE Notes // Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2016 is “Uncommon Fellowship.” Brian Houston is a senior pastor of Hillsong Church.

I want to talk about ceilings and floors.

How would you define success in life? What would I consider?

If I can build a platform that sets up the generation to win, that’s what I would call success.

We tend to hold onto the past. Past teachers. Past traditions, and past ways of doing things.

I get so excited to have young leaders around me who are youthful and passionate for the Lord.

A lot of people like be comfortable and be in control. A lot of us  don’t like surprises. The predictable isn’t where the hope is.  It should be an adventure living with Jesus. Let’s cling to spontaneity.

In John 4, Jesus talks to a Samaritan women which was not part of the culture. Life with Jesus wasn’t safe. It was a ride to live with Jesus.

Predictability has been the bane of the church. It has stopped from the church from being to the fullest. Human beings cling to the status quo, popular belief, conventional wisdom, established thought, majority opinion, peer pressure. Those are the things that keep us predictable.

But, of course, there are times where predictability is your friend, such as loyalty and credibility. Also, when it comes to leadership, predictability will be asset when it comes to your vision.

I’d rather be a church builder than a church critic.

Let’s have a generation that is so creative and innovative. I love how God created us to be creative. Just read Genesis.

So, creativity is so powerful to the church. I love there’s new songs that infuse with creativity. So thank God for spontaneity and innovation. Thank God for creativity.

There are people in this room to be influential. Don’t live your life predictably.

In leadership, it’s not in the text. The textbook belongs to the one who already has known.

I pray there will be a generation will stand up to be who they are called to be. In the church, we don’t need same, same, same.