Catalyst is a network of churches working together to make disciples in the nations of the world.
We’re part of Newfrontiers.
David Devenish leads the Catalyst team, which serves hundreds of churches in the Russian-speaking and Muslim-majority worlds, the Balkans, Western Europe and parts of Asia and Africa.
We’re passionate about four things that will help to make our calling a reality – the Word, the Spirit, Church and Mission.
The Bible is fundamental to everything we do – our final authority for what we believe and how we live. We want to do everything we can to equip people to enjoy it for themselves, treasure the gospel it contains and communicate its message in a way that’s relevant to their culture.
We love the Holy Spirit. We want to see people living Spirit-empowered lives – hearing his voice, enjoying his presence and using his gifts. We don’t just want to read about what he does in the book of Acts, but see him working powerfully in our churches, communities and nations.
We’re dedicated to equipping, strengthening and planting churches, aiming to be faithful to the vision of church life described in the New Testament. We want to see churches that are built on genuine relationships, and that serve and reach out to those who don’t yet know Jesus.
We believe God has called us to be a blessing in every part of our societies, using our skills and passions for the common good. And we also want to take the good news of Jesus to the nations of the world, particularly to unreached people groups. Both of these are crucial to our understanding of mission.
For us to achieve everything we’re called to we need men and women who are spiritually gifted and biblically trained, using their skills and passions for the common good in our society and our churches.
We run three training programmes – Impact, Leadership Foundations and Broadcast.
Impact is a year-long church-based programme involving theological study, skills training and project work. It’s for anyone who wants to serve God, discover their gifts, grow in character and deepen their theological understanding.
Leadership Foundations is a two-year training course for men and women called to leadership – developing your leadership skills, theology, doctrine and character. Wherever you’re called to lead, Leadership Foundations is designed to help you develop your gift.
Broadcast is about training, connecting and sending. We want to use Social Media to see 1000s of churches planted, believers motivated and churches connected.
At our recent Prayer and Fasting days, I was able to give a brief update on the situation in East Ukraine. Quite a number of churches have generously given to our Ukraine fund and we want to keep you up to date with how things are developing both for prayer and to be accountable to you on the funds that have been raised.
Last month leaders and church staff from across Catalyst gathered for Prayer and Fasting. Admittedly, going without food in a warehouse on an industrial estate in Milton Keynes never excites me hugely in the days and weeks beforehand. Yet I always appreciate it when I’m there.
I believe that art is very important. Whichever form it may be in - seen, heard, read, whatever - it is a form of communication that is utterly unique and truly a gift from God. Therefore it has been great to be able to give some exposure to some of the gifted artists, musicians and writers that are connected to our network of churches.