Dave and Emily Williams are helping to pioneer a new initiative focusing on raising up and releasing 18-30s within the Catalyst movement, called “Influence”. In this blog, they share about the NOW Conference, our first national gathering for 18-30s:


Now is an uncertain time, one of political instability and confusion. Our generation is grappling with questions and cultures no generation has faced in the same way. We are trying to make sense of our beliefs, identities and purposes in a culture that encourages selfishness and where truth is seen as relative. However, we have a God who is the God of the Now. His plans are still working, his power still available and his heart unchanging for his people. He speaks truth to us, giving us security, purpose and hope for the future.


As 18-30’s from across the Catalyst Network we will be gathering on the 22nd-23rd November for this years Influence National Conference to worship God, study his word and grapple with his age-old truths that speak so clearly and relevantly into the Now. The aim of the conference is to equip us to be influencers, speaking and living out kingdom truths in our everyday lives, being culture-shapers rather than those swayed by what is current.


We have a host of fantastic speakers lined up who will be unpacking biblical truth on topics including identity, sexuality and gender, as well as looking practically at how we can be raising up leaders and culture-shaping disciples of Jesus in our generation. We hope you will join us in Birmingham, expectant for what God wants to do amongst us as we gather and as we scatter out across the country again afterwards.


Find out more about the event and book your ticket for just £20 before September 30th or £25 thereafter by clicking here. If finances or accommodation are an issue let us know we would love to help you attend. We will begin around 7:30pm on the Friday night and finish by 4pm Saturday. You will need to provide your own accommodation although some host homes may be available upon request.


For more information or to contact us directly influence@catalystnetwork.org and we’ll be happy to chat things through with you. See you in Birmingham later this year!

By Dave & Emily Williams

Dave and Emily head up ‘Influence’, Catalyst’s 18-30’s work. Former site leaders at Christ Church Manchester, they now attend Kings Community Church in Southampton with their four kids.