Catalyze Courses

The eight Core Activities of campus staff ministry are just what they sound like – the core activities that CSMs must become capable and confident 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 eight activity areas. 

Below are the 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). They are also tagged with our organization-wide Growing Leaders Competencies.

So take a look at what we are offering by clicking the links below; save the dates in your calendar; and arrange to talk to your supervisor about attending Catalyze this summer! 

Courses June 28 - July 1

Course

Instructor

Description

ANXIOUS THOUGHTS: PATHWAYS TO FRUITFULNESS

Core Activity:
Growth & Developement

Cost $175
X. NADER SAHYOUNI
DMin, LPC

CAROLYN CARNEY
National Director, Spiritual Formation

SKIP MCDONALD
RN, BSN
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.
​This course addresses the Growing Leaders Competencies of Exhibiting Emotional Intelligence and Devloping Staff.

Courses June 29 - July 1

Course

Instructor

Description

THE BEAUTY OF SCRIPTURE: EXPERIENCING THE BOOK OF RUTH THROUGH FOUR SCRIPTURE ENGAGEMENT METHODS

Core Activity:
Scripture

Cost $175
CHRISTY GATES
National Director, Scripture Engagement

SHERAMI HINDERS
Scripture Engagement Specialist

BOB GRAHMANN
Scripture Engagement Senior Ambassador

SARA CHANG
GFM Area Ministry Director & Urbana 22 Scripture Manager
 
We will engage the book of Ruth through the following methods: online Bible study using Miro (Inductive Proclamation); Big Read (communal reading of Scripture); imaginative prayer through Scripture (Lectio/Visio Divina); and praying imprecatory Scriptures. Each session will be followed by debrief and instruction on how to prepare and lead others in a similar experience. We will cover the marks of a vibrant Bible study, and staff will leave with a plan for implementing their learning. Come enjoy the beauty of Scripture and learn more about helping others do the same!
​This course addresses the Growing Leaders Competencies of Communicating Vision and Makings Decisions.
CHAPTER TURNAROUND:
VITAL BEHAVIORS TO HELP CHAPTERS UNDER 30 THRIVE


Core Activity:
Campus Leadership

Cost $175
ANNA LEE-WINANS
National Director, Discipleship & Growth

DAVE PALADINO
Associate Director of Growth
Two of the key vital behaviors for resilient chapters is outreach and student leader development. This practical course will help you integrate both strategy and mystery to develop an outreach and student leader development plan tailored for the context of your fellowship(s) and grant you just-in-time resources to use into the new academic year.
This course addresses the Growing Leaders Competencies of Assessing Reality and Communicate Vision.
THE FOUR ROOTS OF FRUITFUL COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLANTS

Core Activity:
Campus Leadership

Cost $175
DANIEL LUI
Area Director, Pacific

MINDY FLACH
Project Manager, Chapter Planting Initiative
 
Community college ministry is becoming increasingly common in InterVarsity, but how exactly it's supposed to work can still feel like a mystery!  You might be asking, "How do I even start a CC ministry?  And once I've started it, how do I keep it alive?"  The answer is, “The Four Roots.”  Based on research from an Underserved Institutions project, this framework for CC ministry will equip and empower you with a clear roadmap in the four roots of campus leadership, campus rhythms, community partnership and area support. You will explore each “root,” diagnose your CC chapter in that “root,” and learn tools to achieve the next growth step. This course is open for staff and volunteers who are already working in community college ministry or are planning to start working at a specific community college in the coming school year.
​This course addresses the Growing Leaders Competencies of Assessing Reality and Making Decisions and Plans.

Courses June 22 - 24, June 29 - July 1

Course

Instructor

Description

THE THEOLOGY AND ETHICS OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Core Activity:
Inclusive Community

Cost: $300 + $522 Fuller Seminary Course Fee

 
JEFF LIOU
National Director, Theological Formation
 
In this two week course, you will learn how King’s spirituality and leadership can deepen your own; how his theology can ground your own ethics; and how his compelling public theology for Christian engagement can shape your own social engagement.  King’s vision of the beloved community, his commitment to nonviolence, and his love-justice dialectic point towards powerful applications for campus ministry and contemporary social issues.  Seminary credit through Fuller is also available for this course! 
This course addresses the Growing Leaders Competency of Catalyzing Diversity.