Catalyst Initiative

12.08.20 | Leader Development, New Faith Expressions, Young Peoples Ministry, Safe Sanctuaries, 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 a beloved community.

    The Catalyst Initiative provides a 12-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 their lives and community.

    Your congregation is invited to initiate, ignite, and invigorate your faith to change the world. The Catalyst Initiative awaits your application. 

    Apply for the 2022 Cohort


    2022 Application  Preview

    September 20, 2022

    Intent to Apply opens

    Sept 20

    Training Tuesday on Readiness 360

    Nov 1

    Intent to Apply due/ Application opens

    Feb 15

    Application Closes

    Feb - Mar


    Time of Discernment



    Mar 15 


     Decisions announced

    May 13










    Even if your congregation isn't selected to be a part of the Catalyst Initiative, the application process will ensure you find the right pathway to take your next faithful step. 


    Catalyst Information for Congregations

    Future Sessions:
    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.