Great Feedback!

So, I was in the middle of one of those irritating jobs where you have to back and forth to get something sorted, and my phone rang. I noticed the number was someone local, but no one in my contact list. Just for a moment I thought ‘send it to message bank…’ Pushing that voice aside, I swiped the call open, “Hi, it’s Dave…”

It turned out to be a woman from one of the Perth CRC congregations, who wanted to let me know how much she appreciated Catalyst. “I don’t have a computer, but I get my copy from the information table at church … I just wanted to let you know that I love it, and that Catalyst is the best thing since Trowel & Sword…that’s all.”

The call lasted 42 seconds, but those 42 seconds were a wonderful encouragement. It is contacts like these which remind me how Catalyst is meeting a need, and encouraging people in their mission and ministry.

In the midst of my initial irritation, the Lord reminded me of something important: there’s more going on than my agenda, and there are more important things than the urgent things which occupy my mind.

Sometimes, the things we think might be another irritation turn out to be a surprising blessing. Agree?

Have a great week!

Dave

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Hi Catalyst friends,

Just sharing with you some of our stats over the first two years of our life…

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6,000 views may not be such a huge number, but what’s interesting is where the traffic is coming from. By far the greatest number come from Australia, there are people from 45 or so other countries who are also interacting with Catalyst.

Thanks for your continued interest, and may our great and gracious God be honoured in your life, ministry and mission.

Dave

MARCH Catalyst Out Now!

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CATALYST March is out!

The next edition of CRCA Catalyst has been released and is ready for download here.

This new edition discusses the following

  • Three recently ordained CRCA Pastors share their varied paths toward ministry
  • We visit Narre Warren’s Transit Soup Kitchen, and observe how they are bringing Jesus to the least, the last, and the lost
  • We look at the RTC’s Fan The Flame conference, and see how it works to clarify people’s expectations about study for ministry and mission
  • Joe Vermeulen writes about Cyber Bullying, and what we can do about it

We encourage you to view and download the latest Catalyst, and share the link as widely as possible.

If you want to leave feedback, please make a comment on the blog.

Happy Reading!

Dave Groenenboom

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Cyber Bullying – Bonus Article

This week, CRCA Catalyst presents Cyber Bullying – a special article prepared by Pastor Joe Vermeulen. Joe is Pastor at Grace CRC on Perth’s north side, and a member of the Committee for Social Responsibility in CRCA CLassis WA.

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Cyber Bullying is more common than we realise. Indeed, most catalyst readers will have observed some Cyber Bullying, even if only in a passive sense.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to transform our interactions on the internet, and have those interactions reflect and express the sort of world that God delights in. Our prayer is that this article will assist you on doing so.

This article was not included in the last issue of Catalyst – but it will be included in the next! We are releasing this to you now, trusting it will be an encouragement to you and those you love.

Dave Groenenboom

How to make Catalyst work

Wondering how to comment or interact with CRCA Catalyst?

I have already written something up on that a few months ago, and you can read about it here.

Keep in mind that as the weeks go by, I will post key articles as stand alone pieces, allowing for closer interaction and comment. You can use these re-posts to inform your prayer life and family or home group discussion.

Please make use of the comment facility: it is a terrific way to maintain conversation about the various topics and issues raised in each edition of Catalyst.

Further, there is some additional material on Cyber Bullying which has been prepared by Classis WA’s Committee for Social Responsibility. This very helpful article will be a great resource to hand out to people and to make available in your congregation. We’ll be posting that in the next few days.

Grace and peace,
Dave Groenenboom

October CATALYST out now!

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CATALYST October is out!

The next edition of CRCA Catalyst has been released and is ready for download here.

This new edition includes

  • news about a CRCA Church Planting ministry in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • how Crossroad Bible Institute is partnering with SWIM to bring transformation in the Solomon Islands
  • how social media can be used for ministry and mission
  • US Church Planting researcher, Ed Stetzer, shares his observations about Australia
  • an interview that outlines some of the ways the TRAIN workgroup manage accountability with Jack de Vries, the CRCA’s Ministry Development Coach

We encourage you to view and download the latest Catalyst, and share the link as widely as possible.

If you want to leave feedback, feel free to make a comment on the blog. Various articles will be released as separate posts over the next weeks.

Happy Reading!

Dave

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