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IRVINE, Calif. — More than 3,000 leaders who love the Church will gather on Thursday and Friday (April 16-17) for the 7th annual Catalyst West event — focusing on “unifying, equipping, and challenging this community of change makers to evoke lasting change within our culture and world,” organizers said.

This year’s event, held at Mariner’s Church Irvine, will bring a host of fresh voices and thought leaders, including a change maker panel featuring a conversation on how the Church is partnering with community agencies in LA to create holistic change. The schedule includes team collectives that will offer a time for intentional connection and reflection on session topics, as well as special musical guests and entertainers.

Catalyst will also showcase its new app for the first time for Catalyst West attendees. The Catalyst App includes interactive, informative and fun activities to enhance the live event experience as well as exclusive content and access to community 365 days of the year, Catalyst states. The Catalyst App is available for both iPhone and Catalyst is unique in its ability to reach across denominations and backgrounds in order to gather leaders around the call of being ambassadors of reconciliation in the world. Catalyst believes that through the commission of Jesus the local Church is the hope of the world and thus, fosters a community of leaders who are passionate about furthering the mission of the Church by gathering to be unified, equipped, and challenged.

“We want to embolden every leader who loves the Church,” said Tyler Reagin, new executive director for Catalyst. “That means any leader who is pouring their time and talent into serving the Church – from full-time pastors leading entire churches to marketplace leaders who are volunteering on Sundays, supporting church plants, leading small groups, etc.”

Speakers at Catalyst West include:

ANDY STANLEY, Senior Pastor of North Point Ministries and best-selling author of Deep & Wide and newly released Ask It.

JUDAH SMITH, Lead Pastor of The City Church and best-selling author of Jesus Is _____. and newly released Life Is _____.

JACQUELLINE FULLER, Director of Google.org

JOHN GRAY, Associate Pastor of Lakewood Church and an actor and comedian

CHARLES DUHIGG, Award-Winning Journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Power Of Habit

AJA BROWN, Mayor, City of Compton

CRAIG GROESCHEL, Lead Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of From This Day Forward

SHELENE BRYAN, Founder of Skip1.org and author of Love, Skip, Jump

DAVE GIBBONS, Lead Pastor of New Song Church and author of Small Cloud Rising

LEVI LUSKO, Lead Pastor of Fresh Life Church

Musical guests include Elenowen and a special performance by Hillsong United on Thursday. The event will be hosted by crowd favorites, Tripp & Tyler, along with Joseph Sojourner and DJ Bobby Duran.

The influence of the Catalyst community arises from the stories and experiences of leadership pioneers who carry the collective wisdom and passion of the Catalyst movement into their respective communities. From providing freedom for trafficked victims worldwide to restoring desolate lands ravaged by disaster, Catalyst leaders lend their voice and influence to aid the injustice penetrating today’s world. Throughout the years, Catalyst leaders have partnered with organizations like Compassion International, Bethany Christian Services, Samaritan’s Purse, and charity:water.

On the Web

Catalyst West website: http://catalystconference.com/west

Website (blog) – http://catalystconference.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CatalystLeader

Twitter – https://twitter.com/catalystleader

Instagram – https://instagram.com/catalystleader

App – http://catalystconference.com/catalyst-app

Podcast – http://catalystconference.com/podcast

Formed in 1999 as a Next Generation Leaders Conference by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, John Maxwell, Lanny Donoho and several young leaders, CATALYST is a strategic community who are the influencers, storytellers, innovators, cultural architects, and social entrepreneurs in our generation, organizers said. “We exist to create change makers through training, resources, and gatherings that unify, equip, and challenge our community to engage and impact their world for good.”

Over the last sixteen years, Catalyst has grown in influence and reach, now offering annual events on the East and West coasts and in Dallas, regional One Day events, multiple resources, an app, a weekly podcast, and many other tools for leaders.

Photo: Catalyst