Catalyst Initiative

12.08.20 | Leader Development, New Faith Expressions, Young Peoples Ministry, Advocacy and Action, Congregational Development, Wellness and Missions, Discipleship Formation

    Tea leaves transform water into tea and we--as bearers of God's love--are called to transform hate, division, and loneliness into beloved community.

    The Catalyst Initiative provides a 10-month congregational cohort process of discovery, exploration, and renewal. It empowers a church to initiate a Spirit-led vision and understanding of its community; ignite faith into action, and invigorate people to claim God’s vision for your lives and community.

    Your congregation is invited to initiate, ignite, and invigorate your faith to change the world. The Catalyst Initiative awaits your application. (Please note: The intent to apply must be filled out before the application is submitted.)  

    January 4

    Application Process Begins

    January 12

    How to Apply Webinar (watch the YouTube video)

    January 22

    Intent to Apply is Due

    February 22

    Application Closes




    Interviews and

    Consultations Conducted 





    Readiness 360 Digital

    Debrief with Suggested

    Next Steps  

    May 2021-

    Mar. 2022 





    First Catalyst Cohorts






    Even if your congregation isn't selected to be in the first round of congregational cohorts, the application process will be itself valuable. All applicants will engage in a digital debrief of their Readiness 360 which includes developmentally appropriate next steps.

    Below, Paul Nixon answers some questions about Readiness 360:
    Lauren Harris shares Mission Insite Catalyst Initiative Instructions:

    Catalyst Information for Congregations

    Future Sessions:
    January 2022: Application process begins for Second Catalyst Cohorts
    January 2023: Application process begins for Third Catalyst Cohorts
    January 2024:  Application process begins for Fourth Catalyst Cohorts
    January 2025: Application process begins for Fifth Catalyst Cohorts

    The Catalyst Initiative was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The grant was given to help congregations assess their ministries and draw on practices in their theological traditions to address new challenges and better nurture the spiritual vitality of the people they serve.