Catalyst Leader for Church Planting

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Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM), an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has a full time (40 hrs/wk) opening for a Catalyst Leader: Starting & Strengthening Churches. The position will be located preferably in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The work of a “Catalyst Leader” focuses on “connecting, learning, and resourcing” opportunities for and throughout Home Missions networks in the CRCNA and beyond.  

For consideration complete an online application attaching a current cover letter and resume by February 12, 2016. The starting salary for this position is $64,857.

To apply, click here.


Job Title:        Catalyst Leader

Department:   Regional

Status:           Full-Time, Exempt


The work of a “Catalyst Leader” focuses especially on the three areas of “connecting, learning, and resourcing.”  Catalysts are networkers and connectors across the Home Missions system, in the denomination and beyond.  Catalysts work closely with Regional Leaders and Ethnic Leaders to gather and share learning.    



1. Serve as connectors to new resources.

2. Connect Home Missions collaboratively to initiatives within the broader CRC.  The catalyst will therefore be in a reciprocal learning and influencing role within the CRC.

3. Connect Home Missions collaboratively to initiatives outside of the broader CRC for the sake of new and relevant learning, to stay relevant and updated on the latest trends, and to network globally.

4. Connect with leaders relationally in the regions who work missionally in the area of the work of the catalyst.

5. Connect the best practices of each region, which are in the catalyst’s area of work, through regional and ethnic leaders and their key partners. 


1. Encourage the creation of learning community environments that are diverse and that cultivate and catalyze missional activity in the regions as relates to area of focus.

2. Develop ways of learning to cultivate a more missional culture within the wider CRC.

3. Convene learning events in the catalyst’s area of work within the CRC. 


1. Manage, coordinate, and stewarding resources and standards for all the regions. 

2. Suggest new learning opportunities for RLs, ELs, classes, clusters, and local congregations in the catalyst’s area of work.

3. Assist the regions for the purpose developing catalyzers and cultivators of local missional work.

Specifics to Catalyst Leader for Starting and Strengthening Churches—

1. Connect the people in each region responsible for casting a vision and strategizing for new churches to help them share best practices.

2. Gather North American and Global church planting insights, trends, and resources with distributed staff.

3. Create church planting experiments.

4. Advocate for and contribute to CRCNA processes regarding ordination and leadership development issues that affect starting new churches.

5. Chair Partnership Management Team.

6. Provide leadership to the grant systems and model for missional resourcing grants for starting and strengthening churches.

7. Partner with the Advancement team to develop sustainable funding models and balanced budgets for multiplication.

8. Provide Home Missions leadership to our collaboration with the Reformed Church of America.

9. Advocate for starting and supporting multi-ethnic churches.

10. Assess strengthening for missions resources currently available in the CRCNA and recommend ways Homes Missions can give guidance to churches in this area.


Administrative support team members, as assigned.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

1. Commitment to Jesus Christ, and be a person of exemplary Christian character, a person of prayer who practices the spiritual disciplines

2. Membership in the CRC or willingness to become a member.

3. Experienced Christian leader in church planting environment who is committed to the mission of God through the local church.

4. Understanding of, and commitment to, the Reformed confessions.

5. Has demonstrated skills in casting vision for the mission and thinking strategically about church  planting movements.

6. Professional competence in cross cultural ministry. A commitment to racial justice and reconciliation.

7. Proven ability to empower others to carry out responsibilities.

8. Effective oral and written communication skills.

9. Able to travel as required. 

10. Trained or willing to be trained as a coach.

11. Experience with learning and using current methods of internet-based communications, ie. video conferencing, collaborative project management websites, etc.


1. Bachelor’s degree and some training or coursework in missiology required, with an advanced degree preferred.

2. At least five years of leadership experience in a church plant.

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