i am so relieved to finally get to share this new youth group name with everyone. truthfully, it did not take very long to land on catalyst, and everyone that was involved in the process of guiding me to the right name agreed, this was it.
for most, the natural first question is: what does catalyst mean? the actual definition is:
a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected. -dictionary.com
the next logical questions is, why would we want a youth group named after something that causes chemical reactions to happen in an accelerated way? my prayer for myself is that i, as the youth pastor, would be used by Christ as an accelerant for Christ. the ‘church’ term is being on fire for God. my mission is to show and point the students towards the love of Christ and, hopefully, provided pastoral care in their lives. therefore, i pray that i, and our other adult helpers, could be used as a catalyst for their relationship to Christ.
for the students, my prayer is that they would, in turn, become catalyst in their schools, homes, and anywhere else they may be for the cause of Christ.
one way to put state is that we would all become ‘agents of change for Jesus’.
it would be foolish to leave out the last few words of the definition because it adds so much more power to the name. a catalyst is not affected. when we, as catalyst, affect change into our lost and dying world, we would not be drawn into the world. we would not be lost while trying to reach the lost. we would stand firm in our faith in Jesus. as Christ followers, we have been changed in the ultimate way. we were dead in our sin and we are now alive through Christ! it is now our responsibility as Christians to see that change happen in our peers, friends, family, etc.
our new verse is deuteronomy 31:6. leading up to this verse, the israelites have been wandering in the desert for about 40 years with moses as their leader. moses is passing off leadership to joshua and they are preparing to enter into the promised land where they know there will be battles to claim this land that God had promised them. and moses says this to them:
be strong and courageous. do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
as we prepare to become catalyst for Christ in this lost and dying world, God tells us that he is right there with us and we should not fear or be worried about anyone that would stand in our way. instead, we should be strong and courageous and He will never leave us or forsake us.
i am so blessed and humbled to have been chosen for this task and i hope that you would continue to pray with me as we reach out to the students that would come through the catalyst building!