Jon Wiest

Co-founder, Mobilize the Church

Jon Wiest (“West”) is the Co-Founder of Mobilize the Church, a global ministry mobilizing a growing wave of disciple makers, pioneer leaders, and church planters. He previously planted churches in Dallas, TX and Des Moines, IA and is the author of Banding Together and Pioneers. Jon has degrees from Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and a D.Min. in Church Planting from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a rabid San Francisco 49ers fan, loves traveling, sports, and history, and currently lives in the Indianapolis, IN area with his wife and four daughters.

Articles

April 22, 2024

Prayer is Returning to Public Schools

The landmark 1962 ruling of Engel v. Vitale removed school-sponsored prayer from public schools.  The justices ruled that it violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause,...

March 25, 2024

The Rise of Multi-Vocational Ministry

The word vocation is derived from the Latin term vocatio, which means a “calling” or “summons.”   A person’s vocation is bigger than their job. It...

March 13, 2024

Snapshots of Innovation with Preston Ulmer and Anne Bosarge

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 6 Series: Snapshots of Innovation Welcome to Snapshots of Innovation, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are shaping...

March 6, 2024

Snapshots of Innovation with Molly Soderstrom and Vince Garvey

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 5 Series: Snapshots of Innovation Welcome to Snapshots of Innovation, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are shaping...

February 28, 2024

Snapshots of Innovation with Tommy “Urban D” Kyllonen and Troy and Mark Evans

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 4 Series: Snapshots of Innovation Welcome to Snapshots of Innovation, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are shaping...

February 26, 2024

Social Media, Happy Hours, and Simple Churches

In 2023, approximately 8 billion people lived on planet earth, and 380 million lived in North America. The average American knows the names of 500...

February 21, 2024

Snapshots of Innovation with Paul Watson and Shane Boyd

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 3 Series: Snapshots of Innovation Welcome to the Exponential NEXT Podcast, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are...

February 14, 2024

Snapshots of Innovation with Cory McElvain and Olivia Williamson

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 2 Series: Snapshots of Innovation Welcome to the Exponential NEXT Podcast, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are...

February 7, 2024

Snapshots of Innovation with Bubba Stallcup

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 1 Series: Snapshots of Innovation Welcome to the Exponential NEXT Podcast, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are...

January 29, 2024

Innovation Starts Here

When it comes to innovation, a good idea is not necessarily a “God idea.” The difference between the two is a matter of discernment… and...

December 11, 2023

The Great Dechurching

Something significant is happening. You’ve probably seen the graphs charting the rapid increase of religious disaffiliation or the “Rise of the Nones.”  Perhaps you’ve also read the...

November 13, 2023

11 Innovative Ministries – Part Two

Next Ventures is an innovative approach to finding, connecting, and learning from emerging leaders who are shaping the future of the church. We begin the...

October 9, 2023

11 Innovative Ministries – Part One

Next Ventures is an innovative approach to finding, connecting, and learning from emerging leaders who are shaping the future of the church. We begin the...

September 11, 2023

How to Become More Innovative

There is a pervasive myth out there that innovation is the exclusive domain of artists, entrepreneurs, and creative types. But is it possible to cultivate...

August 21, 2023

A.I. and the Future of Preaching

The best artificial intelligence chatbot in history was released by the A.I. research company OpenAI toward the end of 2022. ChatGPT (the GPT stands for...

June 12, 2023

Innovation as Stewardship

Innovation is often born out of adversity. Problems, setbacks, and challenges require us to find new paths forward. New solutions are needed. But this is...

May 8, 2023

Is It Time to Change Wineskins?

The rabbis of old had a saying, “Without wine, there is no joy.”1 This was especially true at a wedding. In the first century, weddings...

April 10, 2023

What Happened in the 1990s?

Growing Numbers of Americans with No Religious Affiliation  In 1972, only 1 in 20 Americans had no religious affiliation. They were primarily atheists and demographically...

March 23, 2023

4 Types of Ministry Innovation

What do the wheel, compass, printing press, lightbulb, automobile, computer, internet, and smartphone all have in common? They were all breakthrough innovations that radically reshaped...