Catalyst graduates

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Friday, May 31, 2024
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Brenton is Avondale University’s Public Relations and Philanthropy Officer. He brings to the role experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities.

Catalyst graduates second cohort of disciple-makers

A short course equipping, empowering and deploying participants for missional ministry has graduated its second—and largest—cohort and is offering a discount for the next.

Catalyst is a 12-week immersive, skill-based discipleship adventure hosted on our Lake Macquarie campus. An initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific in partnership with us, the course provides “clarity and competence in the mission of the local church” so participants can return equipped to help share “the good news of the Kingdom of God.”

Eleven participants, including several young professionals, completed the course earlier this month. They say it has helped clarify life purpose and direction. One, Frederick, became aware of Catalyst only one week before classes and felt “torn” about leaving his wife and four children in Auckland. He prayed for a sign. “In Tongan culture, what your mother says goes. So, she told me, ‘I know you want this, but now the opportunity comes, you don’t want it? You’re going.’ I’m a married man in my 30s, and I’m still listening to my mum!” The same day, Frederick’s local church offered to pay his tuition fee. “To know God answers prayer, I felt such overwhelming joy.”

Frederick and the other participants began the course with a wilderness experience in a national park, which transformed them “from strangers to family members.” Community engagement and field placement are other co-curricular activities that give the participants opportunities to serve at local food pantries and minister in local churches.

Now reunited with his family, Frederick has returned as a more confident Bible study leader who has plans to empower the young adults at his church for ministry. “The next step: serving the homeless in our community.”

At a graduation ceremony on May 10, vice-chancellor Professor Kerri-Lee Krause presented the commissioning to Frederick and the other participants. Pr Cristian Copaceanu, president of the church in North New South Wales, presented the address. He spoke about how seeds that stay dormant in soil for years can still germinate. Water is the catalyst. We can be dormant seeds, he said, but when a catalyst wakes us, we can bear fruit for the kingdom of God.

This centrality—and nearness—of the kingdom summaries the Catalyst curriculum. “We teach about the Holy Spirit because it’s the Spirit who activates kingdom life,” says Dr Gilbert Cangy, director of the church in the South Pacific’s Institute of Discipleship. “We teach how to build a personal relationship with Jesus and spend a lot of time in the Bible. Then we teach and equip for mission.”

Participants can register for the third Catalyst cohort with at least a $1400 tuition discount, thanks to a donor.

Catalyst: for you or someone you know

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