Jon Wiest

Co-founder, Mobilize the Church; Executive Director, Groundswell

Jon Wiest (“West”) is the co-founder of Mobilize the Church and executive director of Groundswell, a global ministry mobilizing a growing wave of disciplemakers and pioneering leaders. He previously planted churches in Dallas, Texas, and Des Moines, Iowa, and is the author of Banding Together and Pioneers. Jon has degrees from Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and is pursuing a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a rabid San Francisco 49ers fan; loves traveling, sports, and history; and currently lives in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area with his wife and four daughters.


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…

July 10, 2023

When Tithes and Offerings are Not Enough

One third of churches in the U.S. are in the red this year¹, living “paycheck to paycheck.”  Some of these will close.  According to Jim…

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…