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 out to focus on God, involving a church-based project, overseas mission, and training in leadership skills and theology.
Leadership Foundations is a two-year training course for men and women called to leadership – developing your leadership skills, theology, doctrine and character.
Broadcast is about training, connecting and sending. We want to use social media to see thousands of churches planted, believers motivated and churches connected.
As part of our Impact gap year we were given the opportunity to go to Elbasan, Albania, to help the church and bless the city. Even though I’ve been convinced of the importance of mission for a long time, this trip was the point where I got excited about mission for myself.
In the video reviewing this year’s Catalyst Festival, David Devenish spoke of “the celebration of creativity in the arts” which had been such a feature of this year’s Festival, and this was certainly more the case this year than ever before.