Catalyze Courses

The ten Core Activities of campus staff are just what they sound like – the core activities that CSMs must become proficient in practicing and leading, if you are to be effective and empowered in your calling. 

We want you to “know the core,” and more than that, to learn how to thrive in each of these ten activity areas. 

Below are the six courses that Catalyze is offering this summer, in partnership with national departments.  Each is tagged with the primary Core Activity that they address (though many courses will overlap with other Core Activities). 

So check out what we are offering, save the dates in your calendar, and make a note to talk to your supervisor about attending this summer! 

Course

Instructor

Description

HOLY SPIRIT ON CAMPUS

Core Activity:
Leading into Prayer
ANDREW GIVENS,
AD Boston Metro West
With his last words on earth, Jesus made a huge promise: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you...” (Acts 1:8). As you step on campus, do you feel that you’re operating out of the power of God’s Spirit? In this learning environment we’ve created spaces to experience the power and presence of God, while learning how to replicate these experiences in the ministries you serve. We’ll teach rhythms that will help you biblically and theologically ground and debrief these experiences, so that your students can learn to do the things that Jesus did, for the reasons he did them.   
WHITE IDENTITY AND DEVELOPMENT

Core Activity:
Building Inclusive Community
MAUREEN HUANG
 Nat'l Dir. of Multiethnic Initatives

SCOTT HALL,
Nat'l Dir. of Urban Programs
Pre-approval required; click here to apply.
The goal of this course is to help white staff increase their own cultural and ethnic self-awareness, to train them for successful cross-cultural partnership with colleagues, and to equip them to develop white students in both ethnic identity and anti-racist practice. 
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MINISTRY

Core Activity:
Structural Architect
TIM HSIEH,
RD, Northwest
Invitation only.
This course will bring together campus staff working on community colleges to learn and develop resources for a future training in community college ministry.  We will build on the “Five-Root System” developed by the Underserved Institutions Council and first presented at Staff Conference.
LIVING THEOLOGY IN INTERVARSITY

Core Activity:
Leading from Scripture
JEFF LIOU,
Nat'l Dir. of Theological Formation
Orientation to Theology in InterVarsity (part 1A) recommended.
From faith integration to intercession; from evangelism to revival; from identity to MPD... our ministry commitments and practices are all shaped by some theology, whether it’s explicit or implicit. This course is an introductory exploration of theology in InterVarsity. Staff will examine the influences and resources that have shaped them and begin to chart a course for their future theological formation for ministry in InterVarsity and beyond. We will consider the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that theological and doctrinal commitments impact our spirituality and ministry practices.
ANXIOUS THOUGHTS: PATHWAYS TO FRUITFULNESS

Core Activity:
Pursuing Personal Growth & Development
X NADER SAHYOUNI,
DMin, LPC 

SKIP MCDONALD,
RN, BSN 

CAROLYN CARNEY,
Nat'l Dir. of Spiritual Formation 

We will explore the current face of anxiety and its role on campus today. We will study how God teaches us to work through anxiety and grow in the process. Using Scripture and current psychological models, we will look holistically at what patterns of thought we have that contribute to anxiety and how God may want to reshape those. We will learn prayer models and how to use them ourselves and teach them to students dealing with anxiety. 
MISSION COACHING: EMPOWERING MORE STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND VOLUNTEERS FOR THE 2030 CALLING

Core Activity:
People Developer
SHAWN YOUNG,
Nat'l Dir. of Planting 

ANNA LEE-WINANS,
Nat'l Dir. of Discipleship and Growth 

DAVE PALADINO,
Associate Dir. of Discipleship and Growth

JAMIE LADIPO,
Associate Dir. of Evangelism
In this course, we will practice a coaching method proven to be effective in Planting, Evangelism, Discipleship & Growth on campus. We will focus on the best practices, skills, and spiritual rhythms that are crucial for effective ministry for the mission at hand. We encourage staff from the same Area Teams to come together and learn to pursue holistic ministry by integrating campus strategy while depending on the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit.