Catalyst Groups - Impacting the Campus
Catalyst groups are about students leading. Each catalyst at each school is led and run completely by students who want to make Christ the catalyst in our lives and in our schools.
Every catalyst group shares the catalyst cycle, the model for catalyst groups. The cycle is what drives our group. Every program, every meeting, and every person in our group fits somewhere in the cycle.
It's who we are, what we do, and what sets us apart. Although every catalyst group creates the cycle differently, every group shares the cycle.
The Catalyst Cycle.
The Catalyst Cycle: we want students to come and see Jesus, connect in community, and commit to the cause.
Come and See - We want students to come to our catalyst experiences and see Jesus. No matter where people are at with God, whether they know Jesus or not, we want our experiences/meetings to help students come and see Jesus and how He can change their lives.
Example: Weekly catalyst experiences with student testimonies, student-led messages, and monthly gospel presentations to help students come and see Jesus.
Connect in Community - We want students to connect and belong to a real and authentic community. Students should be able to make relationships, share struggles, and find prayer, accountability, and ultimately a family of Jesus-loving students to grow with.
Example: Weekly catalyst community groups with discussions, hang out time, prayer, friends, and food.
Commit to the Cause - We want students to be energized, equipped, and empowered to commit to the cause of Christ at their school. We want students to belong to a core team where they can serve or lead for Jesus.
Example: Students can serve, lead, or impact their school by being a part of a core team that has weekly core team meetings to run their school’s catalyst. There are also monthly Coalitions where students gather for worship, cause-centered messages, discussions, prayer time, and stories of what God is doing on our campuses.
repeat - once people commit to the cause, they can help others come and see Jesus and connect in community. core teams are students committed to creating this cycle. week after week, the cycle keeps the movement going and the catalyst group alive for years.
The Components of a Catalyst Group
These are the different ingredients, elements, or options for a catalyst group. Different groups might have different mixes of these components. Think about your school and the needs in it. What does God want to do in your campus?
Messages - declaring a message from the Word of God in a way that is practical, relevant, engaging, and inspirational. organized in creative series.
Worship - leading students in a time of praise and music at school with a tech and worship team.
Community Groups - communities of students united for discussion, prayer, encouragement, bible study, fellowship, and accountability. groups are small (about 6 people), lead by a core team member, gender based, and closed (open in the beginning, but then closed for a season for privacy and intimacy).
Gospel Presentations - sharing the gospel powerfully, simply, and regularly in order to challenge students to be saved and to shape believers with the good news.
Media - using pictures, videos, resources, graphics, posters, and technology unto the glory of God.
Prayer Time - asking God to move in our lives, our schools, our families, and in our world in prayer.
Fellowship - hanging out, having fun, and getting to know each other so we can build community.
service - serving the school and community to show God’s love.
Service - serving the school and the community together to show God's love.