Katalyst Church is not a traditional church plant birthed by a sending or mother church. Mark and Cheryl Wilson were commissioned by the Baptist Union of Victoria to start a new charismatic faith community in the S.E. Melbourne growth corridor in the suburb of Officer. Katalyst Church was offcially launched on 11th September 2011. Katalyst Church was supported financially by the Beaconsfiled, Pakenham and Berwick Baptist Churches along with the BUV, providing a generous platform to launch this new initiative.
The Oxford dictionary describes a “catalyst” as an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action; or a person or thing that precipitates an event or change; or something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces. A human catalyst is an individual or group who can accelerate the pace of change, open up new possibilities and foster excellence. A catalyst is the ideal image to describe the paradigm of a vibrant church led by the Holy Spirit. The life of Jesus Christ provokes change and calls people to a radical lifestyle, a way of life that is counter cultural to the world around us. We call it a revolution of love.
Why spell catalyst with a “K”? The nucleus of church mission is the mandate to advance the Kingdom of God. The church is a vital part of God’s expression of Heaven invading Earth, provoking a unique message of eternal power, unconditional love, adventurous faith and living hope. Many people will ask what Katalyst means, which is exactly the point. The unusual name allows us to explain the dynamic of God’s Kingdom, the catalytic message of Christ and the transforming power of the Gospel.
It is challenging trying to convey the vision of a church in one defining statement. Our motto “A Revolution of Love” encapsulates that we are compelled to an intense measure of love toward God and people. Micah 6:8 is the scripture verse which has forged our vision for Katalyst. It reinforces a simple yet uncompromising attitude towards love. “The Lord has shown you what is right and what He requires of you; to do justice, love mercy and to walk humbly with God”. Embodied in this verse are significant keys to a lifestyle that is pleasing to God and will positively impact people in our community.