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.

The Importance of Narrative: Utilizing the Entire Bible to Train Up Well-Rounded Leaders

The Importance of Narrative: Utilizing the Entire Bible to Train Up Well-Rounded Leaders

How does theological education think through relevancy in the 21st century?


We all have diets. We all consume different types of food habitually.

Necessarily, it would also seem that the word ‘diet’ is further popularized as many are practitioners of specialized diets, ranging from a raw food diet, to a ketogenic diet, to an Atkins diet.

One-on-One with Andy Stanley on ‘Irresistible,’ Part 2

One-on-One with Andy Stanley on ‘Irresistible,’ Part 2

I'm talking with Pastor Andy Stanley on his newest book and seeking the Bible.


Ed: So, if the resurrection story itself is of such great importance, how do we keep from reinterpreting Jesus without the text? If the Bible is authoritative, we should know what Jesus thinks about these other things based on what's in the Epistles, right?

One-on-One with Andy Stanley on ‘Irresistible’

One-on-One with Andy Stanley on ‘Irresistible’

I'm talking with Pastor Andy Stanley on his newest book and seeking the Bible.


Ed: Why did you decide to write Irresistible?

Andy: I love the local church. I’m concerned about the church’s messaging in a world where people can discover ‘what else’ is in the Bible without ever owning or reading a Bible.

Dealing with Disillusionment

Dealing with Disillusionment

We can step into the disillusionment of those around us for the sake of God’s mission.


Pick the topic these days and you’ll find no shortage of opinions and plenty of people willing to give them. It’s tempting to simply write off the angst of those around us or, perhaps worse, to join the fray by spewing our own bloviations. These choices, however, are not the only two alternatives.

Renewing Your Church: Recalibrating Your Vision to Create Sustainability

Renewing Your Church: Recalibrating Your Vision to Create Sustainability

I narrowed the process of church recalibration down to four phases.


I remember the first Sunday of January 2004 like it was yesterday. I had just been elected Lead Pastor of New Life Church, the church where I was saved and had served as youth pastor. It was my first official Sunday, and our Superintendent was going to “commission” me as Lead Pastor.

The Difference A Metaphor Makes: Men & Women Working Together

The Difference A Metaphor Makes: Men & Women Working Together

Unearthing and critiquing the guiding metaphor about women is one of the most important leadership tasks in our era.


Each workplace has a guiding metaphor about women, and while most never bring it out into the open for honest dialogue and critique, it communicates loudly throughout an organization’s culture, policies, processes, and how people relate with one another.

A Day of Rejoicing! Lessons from Two Years of Petition for Pastor Andrew Brunson

A Day of Rejoicing! Lessons from Two Years of Petition for Pastor Andrew Brunson

After years of prayer before the Lord, Andrew Brunson has been set free.


Today, after years of prayer and petition before the Lord, Andrew Brunson has been set free from imprisonment in Turkey. Praise be to God.

One-on-One with Greg Stier on Dare 2 Share—Live Tomorrow in 95 Locations

One-on-One with Greg Stier on Dare 2 Share—Live Tomorrow in 95 Locations

"We're praying for a movement. We're praying for revival. We're praying for transformation."


The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response

The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response

How should Christians respond in the midst of the cultural storm?


This Sunday, on MSNBC, political pundit and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean gave his take on the state of the current GOP, saying it has “the same meaning as evangelical Christianity with young people, intolerance, bigotry and a lack of respect, not just for women but for anybody who is not on their team.”

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