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.

Technology, Politics, and Evangelicalism’s Good News

Technology, Politics, and Evangelicalism’s Good News

Power, wealth, and political influence may not be the prize that the world needs to experience. In fact, it may be the problem.


What We Long for the Church to Do about Sexual Violence

What We Long for the Church to Do about Sexual Violence

Four practical steps churches can take to eliminate sexual violence.


John Chau, Missions, and Spreading Disease: What Do We Really Know?

John Chau, Missions, and Spreading Disease: What Do We Really Know?

An interview with experts.


Ed: What is the danger when someone from outside comes into contact with an uncontacted tribe like John Chau did with the Sentinelese?

John Chau, Missions, and Lessons to be Learned

John Chau, Missions, and Lessons to be Learned

There are things about Chau’s story that raise questions worth our consideration.


Missions, as the world has seen this month, is controversial.

Reflecting on Our Posture Toward Sexual Abuse Survivors

Reflecting on Our Posture Toward Sexual Abuse Survivors

What can we learn from the story of Tamar and Amnon?


I was moved and astonished as the pastor spoke. He was preaching about the rape of Tamar. Tamar was the beautiful virgin daughter of King David who was raped by her brother Amnon (2 Sam. 13).

The pastor was acknowledging that the people of God caused suffering and that traumatic events could happen in holy places.

What We Long for the Church to Know about Sexual Violence

What We Long for the Church to Know about Sexual Violence

Abuse can skew more than just a survivor's relationship with the church.


Papers, crayons, vanilla wafers, and juice. Toys, toys, and more toys. Brightly-colored flannel-graph Adam and Eve figures hiding behind bushes. Banners hanging on the walls which read: “Scars of love: He bore your pain” and “Jesus loves the little children.” Musical crescendos, quiet prayers, stirring sermons, bread and wine, kneeling, reciting Scripture, raising hands.

How to Discover God’s Vision for Your Community

How to Discover God’s Vision for Your Community

There are three questions must be answered in order to discover God’s unique assignment for your ministry.


Introducing M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development at Wheaton College

Introducing M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development at Wheaton College

A program to prioritize student affairs.


If you are working with students in a college or university setting, I want to tell you about our new graduate program in the School of Mission, Ministry and Leadership here at Wheaton College: the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development.

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

An interview with Dr. Jerry Root.


Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?

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