Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than one million individuals each week. Stetzer is also Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of more than 70,000 readers. In 2015, he began serving as the co-host of the BreakPoint This Week radio program with John Stonestreet. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.

Ed Stetzer Posts
  • The Importance of Volunteers in the Church

    Most of us know how essential volunteers are to making sure our churches are as effective as they... Read more

  • The Church Is on the Move

    This time last year we were the church on our heels. A global pandemic shut down much of our world... Read more

  • Our Call: Missionaries in a Secular Land

    Missionary Identity The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners. As... Read more

  • Preach it… With More Than Just Feeling

    Preaching. Countless people have done it and are doing it. And as we all know, there isn’t just... Read more

  • The Unintended Impact of The Church Planting Industry on Our Evangelistic Impact

    Is church planting still the most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven? I’ve been... Read more

  • Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches

    We all want our churches to be loving environments. But what does that look like? How do we make... Read more

  • The ‘Marks’ of Churches: Keeping from Mission Drift

    What are the things that undergird the church itself? The idea of being a part of a ‘driven... Read more

  • Four Important Reminders for Pastors Dealing with Mental Health Issues

    Mental health issues in general and burnout in particular are real issues for pastors and leaders... Read more

  • Should Church Planting Be Done Through People or Through Churches?

    Jack Redford’s 1978 book Planting New Churches became one of the most influential church planting... Read more

  • Why Has Evangelism Declined? 7 Reasons

    As an integral prioritist (my phrase), I believe both mission and evangelism are important for both... Read more

  • Unliked Likes: Cancelling Pastor Chris Hodges and Church of the Highlands

    Sometimes I feel like I am waking up in the scene from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where everyone... Read more

  • Missionary Identity

    As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by... Read more

  • Going Back to Your Home Church: To Go or Not to Go?

    Every now and then I get asked the question, “Should I go back and revitalize my home church?”... Read more

  • Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray

    We are likely all familiar with Jonah, who was a prophet of the Lord. Jonah lived during a time of... Read more

  • Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America

    Multiple voices have articulated a burden for this area, and they are no longer distant and... Read more

  • Pastors, Invite Newcomers to Lunch

    We’ve all heard the old adage about the revolving church door. People come in and, before we know... Read more

  • Rural Matters: Part of God’s Plan to Transform Our Communities and Our World

    Rural churches are at a crossroads. They are facing a generational shift, which, if not navigated... Read more

  • Assimilation & Our Churches: Do We Do It Well?

    For those in church leadership, the issue of assimilation typically comes with questions of... Read more

  • Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context

    The fastest shrinking category in American religion is still the largest category—people who... Read more

  • Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch

    The marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who was sent from the... Read more

  • Three Church-Planting Practices That Need To Die

    Over the years, I’ve seen lots of great church-planting practices, and many not-so-great ones.... Read more

  • Finding the Right Church Plant Model: An Introduction to Church Models

    A few years ago we got another car. Well, truthfully, Donna (my wife) made me get one. To be... Read more

  • Marks of a Biblical Church Part 1: What Makes a Church a Church?

    When I say the word “church,” what comes to mind? A small red brick building with a cross... Read more

  • Revitalizing Church Through an Outward Focus

    Church revitalization is a very real and important topic to many today because statistics indicate... Read more

  • How the Church Can Thrive in a Non-Christian World

    There was a time in our history when it seemed like everyone was a Christian. Now, depending on... Read more

  • Taking the Long View

    At some point in our life, each of us has to learn the necessity of taking the long view. Deferred... Read more

  • Leading by Word and Deed: 3 Ways to Move from Words to Actions

    We all know the famous quotes about leadership. We have used them time and time again in sermons,... Read more

  • The Dangerous Divide Between Theology and Practicality

    In many corners of the church today, there’s an unhelpful and unhealthy division between theology... Read more

  • Revitalizing Church Through an Outward Focus

    Church revitalization is a very real and important topic to many today because statistics indicate... Read more

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