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.

8 Simple (but not easy) Rules for Movement: Part 6 - Send Co-Vocational Teams

8 Simple (but not easy) Rules for Movement: Part 6 - Send Co-Vocational Teams

When so-called “secular” work is seen as part of the mission, it can aid the church reproducing the process.


Now that we have a leader in place and a team of complementary gifts established, we are now ready to institute a process for sending them into the harvest. I propose that the sixth step required to establish a culture of multiplication in the local church is to prepare and send co-vocational teams.

Oops! 10 Funny Distractions Pastors Faced While Preaching on Sunday

Oops! 10 Funny Distractions Pastors Faced While Preaching on Sunday

No one ever said the life of a pastor was boring.


A month ago, I was preaching at College Church in Wheaton, IL. They gave me 30 minutes to speak and I always try to finish on time, as a means of serving my hosts well.

I usually preach longer than 30 minutes, so I took my iPhone, set the countdown timer for 30 minutes, so I could be in the prayer by the time it hit 30.

Four Principles for a Powerful Prayer Life

Four Principles for a Powerful Prayer Life

If you will learn to spend one hour a day with God, there is no telling what God may choose to do with you.


One of the most defining moments in my life occurred late one evening in a restaurant. I was having dinner with my friend and his father, a pastor whom I admired deeply.

Why Young Adults Need Mentors

Why Young Adults Need Mentors

It's the people, not the books, that will make the biggest impact during your young adult years.


For anyone about to make the jump from youth to adulthood, it can be hard trying to pave a path towards success. With all the colleges, employment, and volunteer opportunities out there to explore, many young people today feel overwhelmed with choices—it can be hard to weigh options and ultimately make informed decisions.

One-on-One with John Johnson on Global Leadership

One-on-One with John Johnson on Global Leadership

“Listening to global voices is important. However, listening to the divine voice is the most important factor in developing a healthy approach to leadership.”


Ed: Why another book on leadership?

John: Books on the topic of leadership tend to voice a perspective that is WEIRD: Western, Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democratic. In doing so, they often ignore the voices of those in Majority World.

8 Simple (but not easy) Rules for Movement: Part 5 - Prime the Pump

8 Simple (but not easy) Rules for Movement: Part 5 - Prime the Pump

What is the most important step in becoming a multiplying church? The first step.


One-on-One with Dan White on Loving Those Who Think Differently Than We Do

One-on-One with Dan White on Loving Those Who Think Differently Than We Do

“We lose the scandal of the gospel when we hunker down with our political tribes.”


Ed: What is it about Western culture that prompted you to write about choosing love over fear?

Dan: The very first spark of the book started local. A few years back during the Romney/Obama Election—which seems like child’s play compared to the Trump/Clinton Election—I had an event occur that stirred up a storm.

Reviving Evangelism: An Invitation to Join the Evangelism Leaders Fellowship

Reviving Evangelism: An Invitation to Join the Evangelism Leaders Fellowship

A think-tank community for Christian leaders focusing on the practice of mission, evangelism, and outreach.


Hispanic Planting: CPLF Gathering this July

Hispanic Planting: CPLF Gathering this July

On July 23-24, 2019, we will present the results of our latest Hispanic church planting research.


One of the highlights of my year is the gathering of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship (CPLF). Leadership from multiple denominations share wisdom, encouragement, and practice so that all can learn and all can be made better.

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