MISSION: Help people find & follow Jesus.
CORE VALUES: (1) Live like Jesus
(2) Live as Family
(3) Live with Risk
The local church has been labeled a lot of things: boring, irrelvant, hypocritical and far worse. Some of it is deserved but much of it comes from a misperception of what Jesus was all about. In simple terms, our vision for Catalyst is very clear: create a community of Jesus followers that both skeptics and believers would actually want to hang out with - give people a reason to live, not just rules to live by. We want people who wouldn't typically dawn the doors of a church to walk in and say, "wow, this is nothing like what I assumed". We want to create a community of people that actually live and love like Jesus because we truly believe Him to be something worth following.
If we are ever going to impact culture with the truth of the Gospel then we have to be willing to structure our church in a way that provides a different answer. As you look throughout the life of Jesus, nothing about him was safe, compartmentalized or apathetic. In fact, just the opposite. He called people to a radical life of risk, to embody the Gospel at every moment and to live like a family rooted in the love of God. This truth has shaped the core values that make Catalyst what it is. The core values of Catalyst come directly out of Mark 1:17 - And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (ESV) where Jesus calls his disciples to follow Him into a radical life of everyday, Gospel-living mission. The days of checking a "religious box" on Sunday need to end. It is never what Jesus intended for His church. It's not all that flashy but it is what Jesus was all about. We invite you to live with us in the same way.
When it comes to issues of doctrine, traditions, lifestyles, politics, behavior, culture, etc., Catalyst takes a closed hand/open hand approach.
The closed hand holds tightly to the non-negotiables of the Christian faith: We are all sinful and broken, faith in Jesus, the divine son of God, brings forgiveness and a new life, the Bible is true and worth following, and everyone spends eternity somewhere.
The open hand, however, allows room for differences when it comes to secondary matters. We allow freedom of conscience and wisdom to guide the individual where the Bible is silent. This approach fosters unity within the diversity found in the Catalyst community: Democrats and Republicans, computer geeks and surfers, carnivores and vegans, soccer moms and corporate executives. Therefore, Catalyst is in favor of killer music, creativity, and even tattoos but not the Seattle Seahawks (sorry friends). Our goal as a Christian community must always be to honor God, to follow the way of Jesus, and to love and serve all.
In this way, we seek to make the truth of Jesus relevant to those that find it irrelevant (1 Corinthians 9:22, Matthew 28:19-20), to have a solid Biblical foundation (1 Timothy 4:16; Titus 1:9, 2:1), to love one another (John 13:34), and to avoid unnecessary divisions (1 Corinthians 1:10, 12:25; Titus 3:10).