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Why is Catalyst Needed?

Some observations of young people and the church.

What is a Catalyst Partnership?

The basic idea.

How Does a Catalyst Partnership Work?

What YFC can bring to your church.

What Sort of Projects Are Possible?

Some models for reaching young people.

How Much Does Catalyst Cost?

Some facts and figures.

Stages of a Catalyst partnership

A framework for what happens and when.

Taking It Further

Interested? Get in touch.

Why Is Catalyst Needed?

Young people are open.Research tells us that 72% of the people in our churches today made a commitment to Christ before the age of 20. [1] Childhood and adolescence are the years of discovery. This makes young people the critical mission field in 21st century Britain.

The church isn’t reaching young people. 95% of young people in Cambridge and District have no contact with the church. Many churches would like to reach young people, but feel that they lack the ability to connect with those immersed in a different culture.

Something has to change. We believe it can.

We don’t need sophisticated methods. We need people who care enough to make a difference. Cambridge & District YFC supports local churches who want to reach out to young people with the good news of Jesus. Through their ‘catalyst’ partnerships, they work with church leaders and volunteer youth leaders to launch and develop projects with the specific aim of enabling teenagers to explore the Christian message. In a variety of different contexts, these projects give leaders the tools, context and confidence they need in order to share their lives and message with young people. They give young people the opportunity to understand the good news of Jesus, experience the community of his people and respond to the challenge of living a holy life.

[1] Source: ‘Confidently Sharing The Gospel’ – Evangelical Alliance, Winter 2012
[2] Source: Cambridge & District YFC Research. 20,000 young people in secondary education within a 10 mile radius of Cambridge. Fewer than 1000 11-18 years olds engaged in church ministry within the same area.

What is a Catalyst Partnership?

YFC are looking to partner with churches with a heart for young people and a commitment to resource a project to reach young people with the good news of Jesus.We’ll work with you over a period of 1-2 years to develop your youth ministry with the goal of reaching out more effectively.We believe that Catalyst could help to see significant growth of Christian youthwork in Cambridge and District, and we’re inviting you to be a part of it.

If you’d like to chat informally about how Catalyst might work in your church, contact us.

How Does a Catalyst Partnership Work?

Your unique context

YFC will meet with a team of church representatives to explore and understand the community, the local church context. This will ensure that YFC is able to direct its support and advice to shape an effective project that will reach young people in your unique context.

A project coordinator

After a full consultation with the church leaders and leadership teams, a suitable project plan will be developed and a project coordinator will be identified from within the congregation. YFC will work closely with the coordinator to assist in every aspect of launching and managing the project. The church will enter into a period (12-18 months) of partnership with YFC, committing to support the project with volunteers, prayer and finance. The church is asked to contribute to the cost of YFC’s input to the Catalyst project (Subject to the ability of the church to do so).

A team of volunteers

At the heart of every project will be a group of volunteers whose role is to build lasting relationships with the young people. YFC will provide training and support for these volunteers, enabling them to understand and thrive in their role. The volunteers will commit to praying for, listening to and championing the cause of these young people.

For the whole church, for the long term

In our experience, lasting impact in the lives of young people and their families comes as a consequence of long term engagement with a local church community. With this in mind, YFC ask volunteers and church leaders to commit to the project for at least a full year, with a plan to extend this to three years.We are convinced that this is not a project for a few, specialist individuals, but for the whole church. For this reason YFC work to secure the backing of the church leadership and of the wider church family for the project.

Ongoing support

Once the project is launched, YFC will continue to provide support and advice, meeting regularly with the coordinator.
Project coordinators will join a growing network of like-minded people from local churches, gaining support from others involved in similar work.

What Sort of Projects Are Possible?

Start with a Few

Already have some young people in your church? Want to help them reach their friends? Many of us set out to do this, but find our group gets stuck being cosy and exclusive, or lacking motivation. We can walk you through a process through which you can help your young people to make use of their own contacts and interests to lead others to Christ.

Reach a School

Would you love to make an impact in a secondary school? Most schools won’t invite you to preach in an assembly. But there are ways that you can work with the school to see Jesus transforming lives. YFC have many years of experience of lessons, lunchtime clubs, mentoring schemes and more to get you started.

Ignite your Youth Club

Already run a youth club, but not sure how to put Jesus on the agenda? Worried that young people will reject the group if it becomes ‘too Christian’? Our team would love to help you transition to a new approach which values the relationships and community you already have, but offers appropriate ways of helping young people explore faith. In a few years you really could see them winning others for Christ!

Launch a Community Project

What if you don’t have any relationships with young people, or even a building? YFC can provide support and advice to enable you to create something from nothing. Wherever young people are, in parks or street corners, we’ll get you talking to young people, and help you create a community group around a common interest. In the context of this ‘family unit’ we’ll guide you through the process of sharing both your life and faith with young people over a long period of time.A catalyst partnership will make use of the models above, adapting and developing them to work effectively within the local context.

How Much Does Catalyst Cost?

YFC is funded by churches and individuals enabling us to support the local church in reaching out to young people with the good news of Jesus. For Catalyst, we ask a church to contribute to half the cost of running a project.

Phase 1: Preparation.            Contribution: Nothing          Time Period: 3-12 months

Cambridge & District YFC would value the opportunity to discuss potential mission projects with you. This is about exploring the possibilities and determining whether Catalyst is the right fit for your church community.

Phase 2: Partnership.            Contribution: £100 a month        Time Period: 12-18 months

The contribution for a partner church is £1200 a year, £100 each month.
The full cost of running a Catalyst Project is £2400 a year.  YFC will directly fund half of the partnership costs through the regular giving of their supporters.

The cost covers:

Phase 3: Network                  Contribution: £30 a month              Time Period: 24 months

Stages of a Catalyst Partnership

Phase 1: Preparation (3-12 months)

Phase 2: Partnership (12-18 months)

Phase 3: Network (24 months)

Taking It Further

If you are interested in exploring a Catalyst partnership and would like to talk it through with someone at YFC, we would love to hear from you. 

The Mission Development Manager
Cambridge & District YFC
c/o Barnwell Baptist Church
Howard Road
t: 01223 727452