– Volunteers drink more than 960 Cokes, down more than 3100 bottles of water, take care of more than 40 pounds of chocolate candy, and polish off more than 500 Chick-fil-A biscuits during the week of Catalyst.

– Almost every person on the Catalyst team has large blisters on their feet by about 3 p.m. on the Monday of Catalyst week.

– More than 300 people voluntarily arrive at the Arena at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday and start working. They probably won’t stop working until after 6 p.m. that night, and they’ll do it all again on Friday. Many of them actually started working on Monday morning at 9. Did I say they weren’t being paid? Because they aren’t.

– Sometimes merely the sight of the traffic signs near the Arena reading, “Expect heavy delays on Thursday and Friday due to Catalyst Conference” can bring our team to happy tears.

– The sight of 12,000 leaders worshiping will inevitably bring someone on the Catalyst team to full-on tears. Usually more than one person. And not always the girls.