It’s been great to see the Catalyst Festival developing and building upon previous festivals, and I’m eager to see what God does at the Festival in 2016! When we set out our vision for the festival, we wanted it to be about making a difference in our workplaces, in our communities and nations wherever we are. Because our vision is to equip people to be effective for the kingdom wherever they are, we have deliberately invited guest speakers this year who carry that burden and from whom we can learn many things about how to achieve this.
We are very privileged to have Alan Scott with us. Alan is the lead pastor of the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Northern Ireland which he planted with his wife Kathryn in 1999. The church there has seen remarkable conversion growth, with over 2000 people coming to faith in the past 6 months, and Alan has a vision to bring together biblical principles and supernatural power in a way that really provides the destiny for ordinary people. He is passionate about both seeing people saved but raising up kingdom carriers that change the culture around.
In order to communicate effectively, we all need to be equipped in Apologetics, how we explain our faith clearly to whatever culture we are trying to reach, in a way that engages people rather than putting them off. For this reason we have invited Amy Orr-Ewing to speak in the main sessions. She is part of the Zacharias Trust which has served the church in the UK so effectively in enabling us to give a clear apologetic for what we believe. As well as this she has also authored the books, ‘Why Trust the Bible?’ and ‘But is it Real?’, contributed to others and has made various appearances on national television. Amy and her husband Frog lead a church in Buckinghamshire called Latimer Minster, which they planted in 2010. Amy has served us on several occasions speaking on apologetics at the Newfrontiers Brighton Leaders Conference a few years ago. As a Newfrontiers family we really received her well then and I’m sure she’ll be able to equip us well in our mission.
However, in Catalyst we are also very committed to world mission and really need to understand how best to do it. To do this we have invited Andy McCullough, who is church planting in the Middle East. At the Festival in May, Andy McCullough served us so well in raising our faith for world mission and challenging our presuppositions so that we are able to think differently and so that we are able to reach people where ever they are, whether in this country or around the world.
Of course, the festival is more than just the main sessions, it’s been great to see our kids learning and growing, to see the zones equipping for mission in so many different areas of life and great to celebrate the arts and how we can use them to see God’s kingdom. I hope you will join us at the Catalyst Festival next year.
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