Catalyst is Changing

You will have noticed it’s been almost a year since an issue of Catalyst has been released. The last year we have not had sufficient contributions to compile the newsletter. No doubt, it takes time to write, and we’re all busy. It could also be that the idea of a physical publication is not working for us. Maybe the 15 minute news cycle just does not work for a quarterly publication.

We have considered a few options. One was to make it more a curation site: where material gleaned from other sources is republished via Catalyst. But then we thought we all see so much stuff coming down the pipe, and who needs more of other people’s stuff? If you want that, you will already be receiving it, no doubt.

Another option was to move to a simpler blog format. This would mean the Catalyst material would not be compiled into a quarterly .pdf release, but each post would be published as soon as received. This would mean a more immediate circulation of single news items or articles. You would hear about thins more quickly and – contributors cooperating – more frequently. This is what we’ve decided to do.

The downside: it may be more difficult to print off articles for those who do not have computer access. It’s not impossible of course, but everyone’s system is different, and you will need to work out how, or whether, to do this locally.

The upside: You will receive posts more regularly and hopefully stay more informed. Also, you can simply copy the Catalyst link for helpful articles into your newsletter or enews locally.

For future contributors: keep an eye out for what’s happening in your local church. Are you trying a new resource for your home groups? Tried something new in evangelism? Are you doing the “Reading Your Bible Together”? How is that working? What can you share with others? Write it up. It doesn’t have to be long or involved, just let people know how it’s going. They will be encouraged by your words. Write it up, send it through, and we’ll get it out for everyone.

For Catalyst subscribers: you will get an email every time there’s something new published. We’ll also put an advice on Facebook, Twitter and email throughout the CRCA.

Remember, if you like what you read, or want to add some thoughts, the easiest way is simply to leave a comment under the relevant article.

Thanks for your time!

Dave Groenenboom

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

4 Responses to Catalyst is Changing

  1. Kees Wierenga says:

    I’m happy to receive a blog from time to time, and so receive news / information in a timely manner. Quarterly publications are an invention of a previous age.

  2. Keith Dickson says:

    Dear David,

    Thanks for trying to keep the general communication within our Churches going. Sadly, in my opinion, the reason for the lack of enthusiasm for The Catalyst is the same as what caused the demise of Trowel and Sword. Our younger generation does not have the same sense of loyalty as their parents. Consider this; How often do you get visitors from sister churches to your worship services who are under 50, unless they are family of members of your church?

    How many young members do we lose when they marry a partner from another denomination. We have failed to educate our young people the unique world and life view, which is the day to day outworking of the Gospel. The Kingdom of God, and the Kingship of Christ, is more than the joy of salvation. It defines the way we view all aspects of life. The language and thinking of Abraham Kuyper are totally foreign to our young people. That is why many of them are swept up by saving the planet and liberating society and vote Green. The last public contributor of this thinking was Don Capill.

    I am personally concerned that we maintain our identity as a separate denomination, when most of our new members have no idea of Reformed thinking and our eldership is mostly ignorant of the difference between our church and any other.

    The churches at large are not assisting by one after the other adopting new catchy names, so that any passer-by would not know that this is a Reformed church, and any traveller would not be able to find the local reformed church.

    I would even think that the name catalyst is foreign to most people, unless they have studied chemistry. You may have noticed that even at a local level the church bulletin has become a stereotype news sheet with little news from other churches, even in the same classis, so we have little contact with our (daughter) churches in St Marys, Blaxland or Hawkesbury, or (our mother church) Sydney which now is situated in Castle Hill. We do not hear about churches becoming vacant or ministers being called and installed, We do not share in the joys and sorrows of old friends and their children. We are fast becoming strangers in our churches. We are no more articles from Bill Deenick and Leo Douma to inspire us and know not much about our mission in India, or what happened at the youth or women’s convention. The body of Christ is getting smaller and smaller. We hear nothing about smaller or isolated churches.

    In short I look forward to more Catalyst rather than less.

    Love you Brother

    Keith Dickson

    • davidgroenenboom says:

      Thanks, Keith, for your words!

      Can I invite you to continue the discussion, and write a short piece on what you see working well in your church. Look around and observe the good ministry happening, and write it up.

      Chances are people will be encouraged by what you write, and God will be honoured.

      Send it though anytime.

      Much love,
      Dave

    • Kees Wierenga says:

      Thoroughly agree with you, Keith. Our congregations are becoming isolated from each other, and can draw little strength from others. Besides, most members wouldn’t have a clue what makes a Reformed Church different from any other, partly because we abandoned our heritage, the gold vein of HC & C of D etc etc.

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