- Sunday School at 10:00 a.m., Sunday mornings
- A Standard and long-running Men’s Bible Study weekly in Mercer, WI.
- Praying with the Men’s college basketball team.
- Kingdom Folk: The Call to Authentic Faith in a Fallen World
We tried planting a conventional church in a conventional market by conventional means. Like the conventional infantry, we took a beating. We baptized some folks. We threw Block Parties, hosted multiple concerts, gave away over a hundred back packs for school-aged kids and bags of hand-sewn dolls.
All told, those efforts netted the kingdom of God just about bubkus. The plan with each event was our intentional evangelism would yield some changed lives within Catalyst Baptist Church. I do not think it changed any lives. We provided some entertainment and a venue for people to hang out, but we did not move the needle against darkness.
As a small church, meeting in a single location, we become easy targets to opposition forces. Can anyone point out where the church in Ephesus is located today? We know Paul preached in the synagogue and the Halls of Tyrannus for a couple of years, but what we do not see is the construction of the First Christian Assembly of Ephesus.
We do not see any of the New Testament Churches building buildings, what we see is the pursuit of the kingdom of God first and the creation of disciples of Jesus who responded to the call to follow. We are called to follow Jesus, not built giant institutions of man.
Constructing churches is a Roman model of “church” built on central control and centralized structure focused on the building and not God, very similar to early Jewish reliance upon the temple over God for worship.
These little “C” church structures are easy targets. This is what we are going to do. We are going to avoid building something for as long as possible. We are going to stay mobile with our eyes on the kingdom and our eternal futures. We are going to disperse our forces and build a network of guerillas.
This guerrilla campaign will bring the love of Jesus to people where they are hurting and where there is a need. We are focusing ourselves to target the needs of the community with the Gospel of Jesus. We will meet more throughout the week with the intention of sharing the good news and equipping the saints, otherwise we are just like everyone else and not guerrilla’s.
We are waiting for the right guerrilla to step forward that feels a need and hears a call from God to met a need in our community. We expect many focused efforts to reach this community through Catalyst, with the purpose of reaching the lost and saving souls from eternal fire and death.