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

Ministry Opportunity: Kingston, Tas

Assistant Minister

The Christian Reformed Church of Kingston, Tasmania

 

Kingston

 

Description of Christian Reformed Church of Kingston (‘CRCK’)

CRCK is a growing, evangelical church in Kingston, Tasmania (ten minutes south of Hobart). We have 350 members, covering a wide spectrum of ages and backgrounds, and three, full-time pastors (Lead, Assistant, and Children’s and Youth). We are part of a network of five other churches, all of whom CRCK has planted over the last fifteen years. As such, every pastor who works with us is part of a large, supportive team. Kingston has approximately 20,000 people and is the fastest growing municipality in Tasmania, so there are also huge opportunities for outreach in our area.

Our current Assistant Pastor is leaving at the end of 2014 and we are looking for a replacement to begin in January 2015.

Who we are looking for

  • Someone with a deep love for God, his people, and the lost.
  • Someone who is prayerful.
  • Someone who can recruit and train ministry leaders.
  • Someone who can explain and apply the Bible to people in their everyday lives.
  • Someone with good people skills, who can urge people to follow Jesus whole-heartedly.
  • Someone with the ability to work closely in a ministry team environment.
  • Someone with a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things.

 

If you would like to know more, or get a detailed job description, please contact

Des Smith (Lead Pastor)

0405 540 852

des.smith@crckingston.org.au.

 

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Gaining Traction

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

Catalyst March – Download Now

Catalyst March is ready for download!

Click here to get the latest issue.

This issue has some great input looking at aspects of pastoral care, church planting from the planting church’s point of view, with the other perspective coming from Pakenham Christian Community Church’s Sean de Kretser.

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We also introduce the work on International Justice Mission, an inspirational evangelical mission doing a truly transformational work, soon launching their partner office in Australia.

My prayer is that the Lord will use this for your encouragement and to stimulate you to engage with his mission.

Finally, my apologies for the lateness of this issue. We encountered some technology woes at the end of last year when Apple radically changed their Pages software, dropping some 200 features, many of which were integral to Catalyst. Our work around involved accessing (with some difficulty) and installing the previous version of Pages. This put us so far behind at the end of the year we scrapped the November issue. Thankfully, we’re all back to together again. Once again, thanks for your patience.

Dave

Another Church Planted: Hope Community Church (Baldivis)

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On 8 September Hope Community Church Baldivis, held its first weekly service in the newly built Baldivis Secondary College (BSC). We praise God for his provision through this school community.

With very little public infrastructure in the Baldivis area, meeting space is difficult to come by. So we are delighted to use this new facility. We are currently meeting in the Media Centre Music Room (access via  school carpark on Pleasantview Parade, Baldivis) and are blessed to have access to some musical equipment, and an additional large room for running crèche and Sunday School.

Pastor Peter (above) has begun meeting with the chaplain at BSC to plan a Dad’s & Kids Campout at the school in November. The intention is to extend an invitation to dads of year 6 and 7 students at the local primary schools to join the year 8 children at Baldivis Secondary college. Hope CCB will provide assistance to run this event including set up, games and cooking a large breakfast for all in attendance.  Please pray for the Lord’s rich blessing and provision on this event and for the families that partake.

In addition to this outreach strategy, the ladies at Hope have been running a weekly Toddler Jam, involving dance and play for mums with young children. We are delighted that a number of community mums have joined us and good friendships are being built, not to mention the great fun the kids are having!

Plans are now also underway to run an Introducing God course for our friends who would like to know more about our God and his Son Jesus Christ. This relaxed and conversational approach to sharing the gospel has been a real blessing for many.

Join us in praying that the Lord will draw a good number of friends to come. This will run during term four.

We recognise that it is the Lord who builds His church, so please join us in thanking God for His wonderful provision. Please ask Him to draw to us those whom He is calling into relationship with Christ and to serve in His Kingdom.

Peter Smit

Security Alert

Internet Security

Hi everyone,

I read an excellent article in the Sydney Morning Herald today about personal internet security (see link below).

We all have passwords for various things on the internet (email, websites, Facebook, etc.), that much we know.

What we might not realise that many people use the same password for just about everything. That way, it’s easy to remember.

It’s also makes it a lot easier for someone to hack into your accounts. If this happens, it may well be more than embarrassing: you could lose a lot of money, your identity could be stolen, your loved ones could be put at risk.

So, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read this excellent article. I also encourage you to take necessary steps to make your internet experience more secure and safe.

You can read the SMH article here.

If you have some suggestions on the best way to keep your internet safe and secure, please leave a comment for others to read.

Feel free to share this post widely.

Grace and peace

Dave Groenenboom

September Catalyst is ready for download

Hi Everyone,

September Catalyst is all ready to go!

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We have stories about a new church plant in WA, some advice for Christian fiction writers, stories from the Reformed Theological College, and some prayers from generations past.

Our hope is that you’ll be encouraged by what you read, and the the Lord in His grace will drive you deeper into living to the glory of Jesus his Son.

Get your copy by clicking on this link

And don’t forget: you can print copies off for those who do not have access to a computer or internet. Catalyst is formatted for A4, so it’s just a matter of sending it through to your printer!

Happy reading, folks – and as always – happy to have your feedback, so leave a comment!

Dave Groenenboom

Editor