Catalyst Missions begins 2017 with a goal to continue the work God had started on four different continents. The mission of Catalyst is simple: train those who will train others within their own context. Catalyst Missions believes that the biblical model of discipleship in 2 Timothy 2:2 affords us no other option: "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
The face of missions has changed. Urban areas in the United States are becoming increasingly diverse. Further, according to the Gospel Coalition International (TGC) Outreach, 75% of Christians are now living in South America, Asia, and Africa and of the 2.2 million evangelical churches worldwide, 80% have pastors with no training. We must begin to think strategically about how best to multiply the gospel. We believe the answer is simple: train indigenous leaders.
But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks (Acts 19:9-10)
Domestically, Catalyst Missions exists to support and engage in ethnic, indigenous church planting through ethnic leader training in the Memphis, TN area while partnering with other local churches in a joint effort. The long term goal is to help train leaders to engage every densely populated Hispanic community in Memphis with a reproducible cellular church and multiple indigenous leaders.
But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while (Romans 15:23-24)
Internationally, Catalyst Missions conducts pastor/leader training in South Sudan, Indonesia, Bolivia, Nigeria and prospectively Nicaragua, partnering with other local churches and organizations to facilitate the work. The long term goal is to help facilitate indigenous training institutes for leaders without adequate access to needed theological and methodological formation. Overall, Catalyst Missions is dedicated to the propagation of God’s gospel among ethnic groups both at home and abroad.
Catalyst Missions also partners with other organizations and churches to provide ministries of compassion such as education and humanitarian relief.
In 2016, Catalyst Missions conducted two training trips in our Indonesia location. Pictured is the arrival in Jakarta on the way West Timor Island, Indonesia for the third training in our eight module curriculum. The long flight ended in Kupang.
We reconnected with our cohort pastors and leaders from Kupang and Soe on West Timor Island.
We trained in New Testament Survey and Biblical Theology for over 30 pastors and leaders. They are incredibly hungry for the Word of God and eager to multiply the gospel in their own context.
Catalyst also works with the KPACT center to do musical and educational training for students of all ages.
Indonesia represents the most populous Muslim country on Earth with close to 200 million Islamic adherents. Our goal is to train pastors and leaders to establish healthy churches and plant new churches for the sake of engaging their own context with the good news of Jesus.
Catalyst Missions will return to Kupang, Indonesia for the fifth training module in March 2017. Would you help us multiply this training material in culturally appropriate mediums? Would you support sending trainers to Indonesia to combat theological famine and the spread of false religion? Would you consider going and using your time, talents, and treasures for the sake of the Kingdom?
In 2016, Catalyst conducted training in three different locations in Bolivia. Our work is primarily in the Beni Department, a remote province in the northeast corner of Bolivia. We have partnered with South American Missions AIR to get us to the various pueblos within the Beni.
The first training was held in San Ramon. A small pueblo in the middle of the Beni.
Catalyst Missions has recently added a women's discipleship coordinator, Ginny Porter. Ginny has already been involved in Catalyst through the Bolivia project and will be coordinating women's discipleship in all locations, both locally and internationally.
Pictured is Andria Suarez, one of the ladies trained locally in Memphis, who traveled with Catalyst to conduct the women's training portion of the conference in Bolivia in June.
Pastor Alonzo has been one of our most faithful students. For this training, his church hosted the group consisting of pastors and leaders from 6 different pueblos in the Beni.
Catalyst also made a vital connection with Pastor Nilson Mendoza Chavez (right) who has agreed to serve as our on-ground coordinator for training, accountability, and project multiplication.
We had the privilege to train pastors and leaders from six different pueblos in the Beni Department in New Testament Survey, the third module in our curriculum.
We also offered a financial study to aid pastors and leaders in how to handle personal finances from a biblical perspective.
Catalyst also recently opened two new locations for training in the capital of Bolivia, La Paz. Working in San Pedro and Aposento Alto, Catalyst plans to open and sustain training institutes in three different provinces of Bolivia over the next 3-5 years.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
Would you help us saturate Bolivia with trained pastors, church planters, and disciple makers? We need your help to support on-ground missionaries, send training resources, and adopt the project so we can continue to combat theological famine. Come with us and see what God is doing!
Also in June 2016, Catalyst returned to Juba, South Sudan to conduct our third training with a cohort of church planters and pastors. We serve alongside an NGO in South Sudan, River Nile Baptist Center.
Catalyst partners with a Nubian national missionary who has planted five churches in Sudan, Egypt, and South Sudan. Pray for our brother as he gathers church planters to be trained and sent!
We conducted the third module in our ministry curriculum, New Testament Survey. These resources are offered free of charge to the students.
Picture of the cohort group and other students who attended the third seminar. Many of these have committed their lives to planting the gospel in difficult soil, especially the Nuba Mountains.
The target for this mission is the Nuba Mountains. Catalyst has been in discussion with our national missionary to plan for multiplying this training to a refugee area just south of the Sudanese border, Yida Camp. Further, Catalyst has entered the Greater Nuba Action Coalition, which seeks to plant a theological training center in Yida Camp. The proximity of the training would allow engagement with pastors and leaders currently residing in the Nuba Mountains. The future of this project depends on the prayers and financial support of donors who can aid in sending personnel and gospel resources to the front lines to engage 3 million Nubians among 100+ tribes with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Watch this video to see the background of this project and how you can be involved!
In June, Catalyst plans to travel to Nigeria in West Africa to begin the first training. We have received word that this training will help engage leaders with theological and methodological foundations, propelling them into a church planting network in Kaduna, Nigeria.
Catalyst recently began a training cycle with a pastor from the Ivory Coast who messaged the organization seeking training in order to effectively preach the gospel of Jesus. We are growing in our utilization of technological advance for the purpose of training those in the harvest.
Also, in March 2017, Catalyst plans to capitalize on partnerships that will aid in starting a church plant training initiative for Hispanic church planters in Memphis, TN. Our goal is to mentor, train, and send 15 planters over the next year.