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.

Clean Water or the Gospel?

Clean Water or the Gospel?

The answer is both.


Today, there are 844 million people around the world without access to clean water; 2.5 billion do not use a toilet to manage their waste. And 3.4 billion people are unreached with the gospel.

How to Lead Well as a Church Planting Leader

How to Lead Well as a Church Planting Leader

Three tips from my own experience as a church planting leader.


Many frequently joke about the turnover rate in church planting leadership. It seems that whenever I’m at a conference or church event, someone new will come up and say, “Hey, Ed. I’m the new leader of church planting at [insert denomination name].”

Wheaton College, Controversial Speakers, and Some Factivism

Wheaton College, Controversial Speakers, and Some Factivism

Ryan Bomberger brings up another controversial speaker, but it just distracts from the real issue.


Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

"In Christ, we are never alone in an ultimate and enduring sense, and that is great news to the lonely."


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?

Abortion, Black Lives Matter, and Wheaton

Abortion, Black Lives Matter, and Wheaton

Let me shed a little light on the situation with Wheaton College and Ryan Bomberger.


A tempest has arisen in the teacup that is the conservative blogosphere.

Let me try to shed a little light in the midst of the heat.

Why I’m Optimistic Amidst a Cultural Crisis

Why I’m Optimistic Amidst a Cultural Crisis

Hope never emerges from easy answers to the questions of a broken world. Hope comes from a Person.


The Rise of Women’s Rights and Religious Liberties in the Muslim World

The Rise of Women’s Rights and Religious Liberties in the Muslim World

Tunisia is now the front runner in expanding women’s rights and religious liberties in the Muslim nations.


Pastor Matt Chandler on Going Back to School at The Wheaton Grad School

Pastor Matt Chandler on Going Back to School at The Wheaton Grad School

At 45, Matt Chandler enrolled in the graduate program at Wheaton College. I asked him why.


Matt Chandler and I are both in class right now— finishing up his first week in our graduate program. Last night, I talked to Matt about why he decided to go back to school.

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again

An interview with Trillia Newbell.


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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