Frequently Asked Questions
ARE YOU CHRISTIANS?
Absolutely. The Bible refers to followers of Christ as 'Christians,' which literally means "little Christs" or "imitators/followers of Christ." Unfortunately, the historical behavior of some Christian individuals & churches has poisoned the word in our post-modern culture, conjuring up cultural or political negativity that Jesus would never have intended. To simply answer the question... yes, we are absolutely Christians, but we often refer to ourselves simply as 'Christ Followers' or Followers of Jesus' in order to get away from the negative moniker.
ARE WE AGAINST TRADITIONAL CHURCHES?
No. We are FOR the Church. We do not believe there is one right way to ‘do church,’ but that it takes all types of congregations, organizations, & groups to reach all types of people. We partner with local churches of all shapes & sizes - including small home-churches, medium-sized congregations, and mega-churches. We believe that there is only One Global Church (with a "big-C") but many local churches (with a "little-c")...get it? That being said, we are not supportive of any church that claims the Name of Christ but is more committed to following man-made doctrines & traditions than following His example.
HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE?
Compassion was a main character trait of Jesus and His early followers, especially toward those in various states of need. Serving under-resourced people is a primary way of continuing the impact of Christ in our world today. We cultivate individual and corporate service through volunteerism and financial giving. Our commitment to service is highlighted by our sister organization, Catalyst Partnerships: A public non-profit corporation that carries-out home repair & remodeling projects for elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners in local communities.
WHAT ABOUT FINANCES?
DO YOU HAVE PAID STAFF?
All followers of Christ are encouraged to share whatever they have to serve others. We don’t own property or buildings, or hire full-time staff, therefore our ‘overhead’ costs are extremely low. Funds donated to Catalyst Ministries are used to support part-time staff, support our sister organization Catalyst Partnerships, and a small amount to administration.
Yes. We have part-time paid staff, who operate similarly to the Apostolic workers of the New Testament period; like Paul, Titus, Barnabbas, Timothy, etc. These first-century workers routinely waived support from the new churches they were currently engaged in planting; but gladly received support from other 'sending' churches & individuals, and worked bi-vocationally in other jobs as needed. Thus, church-planting work was 'paid forward.' These guidelines provide the basis for our approach to paid-staff. Our part-time staff operate according to their respective leadership gifts, and are supported by individuals and churches who believe in our work.