Patient Catalyst

Patient Catalyst

Everybody's talking about church revitalization, but let's face it: God has been in the business of renewal since the Letters to the Seven Churches in Revelation. Of the some 450,000 churches in America, 80 percent are either plateaued or in decline. This means that a third of a million churches are in need of renewal! While every congregation is unique, the author believes there is a discernible pattern to the process of church revitalization and that God wants to renew His church. This book is about that pattern and the leadership needed to bring about renewal.

Is Religious Decline Inevitable in the United States?

Is Religious Decline Inevitable in the United States?

Current statistics about the secularization of American may come as a surprise.


If you take a course in the sociology of religion at any college or university, the professor will inevitably spend some time on what is known as secularization theory. This theory posits that as societies become more economically prosperous and obtain higher levels of education, the inevitable result is a movement away from organized religion and toward secularization.

Planning for Ministry and Still Unsure about Where to Go to College?

Planning for Ministry and Still Unsure about Where to Go to College?

Let me give you my recommendation.


Choosing a college can be a daunting task.

If you are going into ministry, you don’t just have to decide the college, but you have to decide the type of college. And there are all kids of options out there.

A Call for Jesus-y Evangelicals

A Call for Jesus-y Evangelicals

We need leaders marked by the living presence of Jesus that inspires men and women to bold faith.


Baptism: The Point of No Return

Baptism: The Point of No Return

A story from Somalia.


The pastor’s wife approached him, with tears in her eyes, and handed him his cell phone. As apprehension spread throughout the congregation, the pastor listened for quite some time, turned off the device, bowed his head, and handed his cell phone back to his wife.

“Pastor H is dead.”

A secret gathering

20 Truths from ‘The Purpose Path’

20 Truths from ‘The Purpose Path’

“Purpose is not what we do but why we exist.”


1 – “At its very heart, vocational courage is about finding and pursuing your true purpose in life, and about making sure your life’s work is reflected in your daily work” (Page 1).

EXTEMPORANEOUS PREACHING: It’s Not Only What You Say, But Also How You Say It

EXTEMPORANEOUS PREACHING: It’s Not Only What You Say, But Also How You Say It

See Jack's blog on extemporaneous preaching, it’s not only what you say, but also how you say it at the Rephidim Project preaching site:

https://www.rephidimproject.org/extemporaneous-preaching/

How to Be Both Multisite and Missional—At Any Church: Part 2

How to Be Both Multisite and Missional—At Any Church: Part 2

Your church, no matter the size, can indeed become in a sense “multisite.”


Your church, no matter the size, can indeed become in a sense “multisite.” Inherited churches can launch fresh expressions, harnessing the power of a mixed economy: a diversity of ecclesial forms in which fresh expressions of church exist alongside inherited forms in relationships of mutual respect and support.

How to Be Both Multisite and Missional—At Any Church: Part 1

How to Be Both Multisite and Missional—At Any Church: Part 1

What if there is a way that every church whether declining, plateaued, or thriving can be truly missional and truly multisite?


I was excited to see a new article released in Christianity Today titled “Can Multisite be Missional?” by Jeff Christopherson. There were several parts of the article that really resonated with me.

One-on-One with Brian Miller on Emerging Adults, Social Media and Faith

One-on-One with Brian Miller on Emerging Adults, Social Media and Faith

Modern technology influences young adults as they consider faith and church.


Ed: How would you describe the state of Christianity and the church among emerging adults—18 to 29-year-olds—today? What are their biggest questions, concerns, or motivations?

Brian: I am grateful there is much research on this and the speakers at the April conference are well prepared to address this.

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