How to stay up to date with Catalyst

I recently heard from someone who had visited a nearby CRCA church and had picked up a recent issue of Catalyst there. He wondered why he had not seen Catalyst at his own church, which also happened to be a CRCA congregation.

There may be a number of things happening here. Whatever the reason, here’s how we let people know about new issues and other Catalyst updates:

• An email is generated to all who have subscribed on the Catalyst blog.

• An email is sent through the CRCA email network (the ‘Bulletins’ list).

Catalyst’s Facebook page is updated

• A link is posted to Catalyst’s Twitter feed

This means several hundred people are contacted every time there’s a new issue or a blog update. Even so, some people still miss out. So, if you still don’t get Catalyst, what can you do?

1. You can subscribe to the blog. Just add your email address in the ‘Follow blog by email’ field in the lower right hand margin of the Catalyst website, and when the confirmation email comes through, click on the link, and you’re done. Easy.

2. Subscribe to Catalyst’s RSS feeds. You can do this by clicking on the Posts RSS icon (you will find these button in the top Right Hand corner of the blog window). This will update your RSS reader every time the blog is updated. Those who have an RSS Reader on their smartphone or tablet will also be able to follow the blog by adding feed:// to their reader. If you also want to subscribe to any comments that are made on the blog, add feed:// to your reader

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3. Ask your Pastor or church admin person to circulate Catalyst around your congregation’s email network. We always let the CRCA ‘Bulletins’ list know when Catalyst has been updated, so if your church is part of the CRCA, your pastor and admin person will always receive this update. So, get on to them and ask them to circulate the emails when they come through

4. If you or your church family is not part of the CRCA, simply ask your Pastor or Admin person to subscribe to Catalyst’s blog, and then they can circulate the updates when they come through

5. If you or someone you know does not have email or access to a computer, you can just print off the hard copy once you have downloaded it. Catalyst is formatted for a standard A4 page, so it’s pretty easy to make this happen

6. If you are a Pastor or Church admin person, please do circulate Catalyst updates in your bulletins and enews networks. Let people know about the Catalyst web site:

And if you have questions beyond these, please leave a comment or email.

Dave Groenenboom

About davidgroenenboom
Follower of Jesus, husband of one, father of three, grandfather of one, Pastor at Gateway Community Church

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