New Mexico Church Plant Breaks Attendance Record

A catalyst by definition is someone or something that acts as a spark for an event or movement. Since launching 22 months ago, Catalyst Church, Artesia, has lived up to its name, helping to spark a Gospel movement across its tight-knit southeastern New Mexico community.

In September 2018, the church broke its all-time attendance record and baptized five new believers, including a pair of teenage siblings.

Catalyst, which moved to two services in January, had 180 people attend their Sept. 9 worship services, its largest gathering ever, outside of Christmas and Easter. Three weeks later, on Sept. 30, the church experienced its second-largest Sunday, with 163 people in attendance.

Nolan Frederick, Catalyst’s pastor, planted the church in January 2016 through a cooperative effort with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico and the North American Mission Board. In March 2017, consistent growth allowed the church to hire a second full-time staff member, Charlie Knight. Knight serves as music and youth minister.

Frederick said the decision to expand to two Sunday services was prompted by a desire to develop a “worship one, serve one” culture with the church. “Moving to two services allowed for children’s ministry volunteers to attend one service while serving in another,” Frederick said.

Since adding a second service, Frederick said that Catalyst’s yearly attendance average is “up just over 25 people.” The option of another service has also allowed the number of volunteers to double from the previous year.

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Source: Baptist Press