Mission Catalyst is an association of growing churches that are outreach-focused, grace-oriented, fully committed to God, and proclaim a common view of Biblical truth. Mission Catalyst began in 2004 in response to God’s call to plant churches that never stop making an ever-larger impact for the kingdom.
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To equip teams of leaders to start prevailing churches.
To be a catalytic network of thousands of churches that are becoming a significant force for Christ.
1. We value the primacy of the local church, because it is where ministry actually happens. This means that our default position is one of trust toward local church leaders. All decisions and actions are weighed against their impact on the local church. In funding, policy, and support, if something does not improve the local church’s health and mission, we will not do it.
2. We value lost people, so we do whatever it takes to equip local churches to reach them. Every church that finds a good fit in this network makes reaching those disconnected from Christ the first priority of everything they do in church. Every contact, function, resource that we provide is for this purpose.
3. We value organizational efficiency and effectiveness, so that desired outcomes determine the use of all resources. Knowing that organizations tend to petrify, we have built-in controls that keep us task and mission focused. For example, a church might have a youth camp, but we do not. A church might have a school, but we do not. Furthermore, we do not adhere to a practice just because it has been done before; we value the practice only if it works to accomplish the mission.
4. We value an abundance mindset, because God rewards faith and knows no limits. Abraham quit asking at ten, and Sodom was destroyed. The widow of Shunnam quit pouring out unlimited oil because all the jars collected were used. Our faith often limits what God does. Therefore, we dream, plan, and expect big things in areas where God’s will is clear.
5. We value joy, fun, and optimism, because God is destined to win, and being on a winning team is contagious. One of the reasons successful churches grow is that people are excited enough about their church to invite their friends. We believe that joy and optimism are magnetic. To produce them in the local church, they must first permeate the support office. Consequently, we look for ways to have fun working for God, and choose staff who are contagious Christians. We look for excuses to celebrate victories in the local churches.
6. We value change, because it is the only constant in a successful organization. An organization that doesn’t change its methods changes its principles by default since the environment in which we exist changes continually. We often ask each other: “What have you changed today that makes your job more efficient, effective, and mission driven?”
7. We value a sense of urgency, because we are in the most important business in the world, and time is short. Ever since Christ went to heaven and promised to return to Earth, there has been a sense of expectancy. Since we see Bible signs that indicate we are living in the last days of history, we make sure that our work styles and lifestyles show that we really believe it. We always choose simple utility over opulence in our work environment. By so doing we can better fund the planting and supporting of focused churches that effectively prepare people for His return.
8. We value each other, and we are committed to applying the Golden Rule to all relationships. This value is implemented as we go to each other in love to quickly work out differences; are open and honest with each other, having no hidden agendas, and always think first of how we would wish to be treated if the shoe were on the other foot.