Ed Silvoso

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Ed Silvoso
Born (1945-06-15) June 15, 1945 (age 73)
OccupationAuthor, documentarian, evangelist
Known forHarvest Evangelism
International Transformation Network

Ed Silvoso (born June 15, 1945) is an author, documentarian, and founder of both Harvest Evangelism and the International Transformation Network, the objective of which is to end worldwide systemic poverty. He is a recognized leader of the Argentine Revival and of the modern transformation movement. He addresses massive audiences in several nations and offers solutions to problems facing the twenty-first century.

Early life[edit]

Ed Silvoso was born June 15, 1945, at San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Argentina.[1] He is the son of Omar Edmundo Silvoso and Maria Teresa Troia and has a younger sister, Maria Rosa. They formed an evangelistic team at the age of seventeen when the country was intensely anti-evangelical.[2] He graduated from Colegio Nacional Justo Jose de Urquiza in 1962;[3] seven years later he left success in the marketplace to become a pastor in Mar del Plata, Argentina.[4] Silvoso married Ruth Noemi Palau, sister of renowned Christian evangelist Luis Palau,[5] on April 20, 1968, and within a decade they had four daughters.

He studied at Multnomah Bible College while organizing large religious events in major South American locations;[6] he then moved to Pasadena, California, to attend Fuller Seminary. Ed Silvoso began working full-time with Luis Palau's evangelistic team in 1970 and became the coordinator for International Mass Media Evangelism.[7][8] He served as pastor for various congregations, as a missionary with Overseas Crusades (1970–1976), and as a team member with Palau (1977–1980).[9] He launched his own ministry in 1980 and since then has written five bestselling books.

Four Decades of Ministry[edit]

Ed Silvoso began as a lay evangelist and national youth leader in Argentina (1958–1969), and over the past thirty years he has become a principal figure in the transformation movement. His definition of systemic poverty has elevated the issue from theory and dialogue to implementation and relief.[10] He founded Harvest Evangelism in San Jose, California, and today it has over eighty associates around the world.[11] Silvoso hosts international conferences that promote city, regional, and national change through ecumenical ministry.[12]

In 2002, he established the International Transformation Network, a voluntary association that creates alliances between clergy and local marketplaces, and toward that end he travels throughout the year encouraging cooperation between various religious groups.[13] Silvoso mentors church leaders, as well as heads of government and industry, how to apply the principles of transformation outlined in his books. He has addressed huge audiences in the United States and around the world in arenas and stadiums and at multimedia events.

Harvest Evangelism[edit]

Harvest Evangelism was founded in August 1980 and pioneered city transformation beginning with Resistencia.[14][15] Ed and Ruth converted their weekend home at San Nicolás de los Arroyos into a prayer chapel and retreat center; the purpose was to launch a prayer-based evangelical ministry (1983–88).[16] The site was dedicated on March 24, 1983, and within three years congregations and home groups were established in eighty-two towns.[4] The same approach was applied to more than three hundred cities,[17] and over the ensuring months it expanded to six continents.[18]

Silvoso is internationally acknowledged as a foremost leader of the Argentine Revival.[19][20] Thousands have visited over the past twenty years to observe his methodology in order to apply the same principles in their regions.[21] As a result, many have adopted his concept of transformation,[22] and this culminated in his latest volume, Transformation: Change the Marketplace and You Change the World (2007). The ministry is distinguished for dealing with systemic social problems and understanding global marketplace changes,[23] the effectiveness of which is recorded in an extensive series of documentaries.[24]


Ed Silvoso is best known for his role in transformationalism and is identified as the architect of the modern movement. It blends various religious and social elements to change local communities and the marketplace. The term "marketplace" includes business, education, and government and applies to marriage,[25] politics,[26] culture,[27] and workplace.[28][29] Over the past decade, he has provided much of the terminology for transformationalism as well as a strategic template to accomplish it.[30] Its intent is to bring spiritual, motivational, relational, and material wealth to local communities.

The movement developed into the International Transformation Network (ITN) that was established to create strategic alliances between pulpits and marketplace leaders. Members are challenged to invest fifty-one percent of resources to eradicate worldwide poverty.[31] The network currently consists of over a thousand active members on six continents.[32] Five paradigms are at the core of ITN, and they involve changes in spiritual climate, public policies, and ecclesiastical institutions.[33][34] The network urges Christian leaders to participate in eliminating systemic poverty in all its forms.[35]

Ekklesia, “the Church”[edit]

Since Silvoso developed the principles that define the transformation movement,[36] in many ways his latest book is an extension and, to some degree, an application of them. It is entitled Ekklesia, and in this volume he discusses the intent of the early church.[37] He compares what is described in the New Testament to its modern institutionalized form and points out that the term generally translated as “church” originally applied to assemblies in antiquity.[38] He utilizes this concept to distinguish between the three main religious traditions at the time of Jesus in order to rediscover its initial meaning during the apostolic age.[39]

The first three chapters of this book were distributed in limited number, and the full version is projected in late 2016.[40] Silvoso introduces six transition points that enable the modern “church” a successful return to the type of communities the apostles founded:

  1. from personal to household salvation
  2. from pastoral to pastoring the flock
  3. from programs to lifestyle
  4. from events to process
  5. from being righteous to being known.

In essence, he defines ekklesia as “an all-encompassing transforming organism.”[41] One of the most important themes in this study is its emphasis on returning to marketplace Christianity, the description of which was previously published.[42]

Transform Our World[edit]

Transform Our World.org[43] is a website that amalgamates various services under the auspices of Harvest Evangelism, Inc.[44] and the Transform Our World Network,[45] both under the direction of Ed Silvoso.[46] It provides a wide range of training and mentoring for marketplace ministers through institutions such as the School of Transformation,[47] Transformation University,[48] and the Transformation Entrepreneurs Institute. The website hosts several social media pages designed to assist the public apply the principles outlined in Silvoso’s best-selling books and is the only resource of it kind in the world.

In essence, Transform Our World.org serves as an online hub where people from around the world can connect and collaborate. It contributes to or participates in YouTube[49] and Facebook[50] as well as television[51] and podcasts,[52] and posts unique material for the public. This is an essential site, since the transformation movement has spread globally. Its “Adopt Your Street” and “Adopt A Cop” programs have drawn participation from hundreds of local, national, and international prayer ministries and have attracted the attention of the news media.[53] It also produces a weekly broadcast on KFAX, a Salem Radio Network affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area.[54]


Ed Silvoso has written extensively on spiritual transformation in volumes that contain the principles and paradigms generally adopted in the movement. These books provide significant biographical information that helps to trace its origins as well as the personal journey he took that resulted in becoming one of its principal figures.

  • That None Should Perish: How to Reach Entire Cities for Christ Through Prayer Evangelism. Ventura, CA: Regal Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8307-1688-2
  • Prayer Evangelism: How to Change the Spiritual Climate Over Your Home, Neighborhood and City. Ventura, CA: Regal Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8307-2397-8
  • Women: God's Secret Weapon: God's Inspiring Message to Women of Power, Purpose and Destiny. Ventura, CA: Regal Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8307-2887-2
  • Anointed for Business. Ventura, CA: Regal Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8307-2861-9
  • Transformation: Change the Marketplace and You Change the World. Ventura, Ca.: Regal Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8307-4514-2


  1. ^ Silvoso, Ed (2000). Prayer Evangelism: How to Change the Spiritual Climate Over Your Home, Neighborhood and City. Ventura, Ca: Regal Press. p. 27.
  2. ^ Silvoso, Ed (1994). That None Should Perish: How to Reach Entire Cities for Christ Through Prayer Evangelism. Ventura, Ca: Regal Press. pp. 22–24.
  3. ^ "Argentinian Evangelist at Community Church". Hesperia Resorter. July 20, 1972.
  4. ^ a b "Personal Story".
  5. ^ Demarco, John M. "El Predicador Bilingue (The Bilingual Preacher)". Charisma Magazine (July 31, 2006). Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Davies, Wilma Wells (2010). The Embattled but Empowered Community: Comparing Understanding of Spiritual Power in Argentine Popular and Pentecostal Cosmologies. The Netherlands: Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Brill Press.
  7. ^ Hesperia Resorter. July 20, 1972.
  8. ^ "La Tribuna". October 28, 1975.
  9. ^ Stanton, Noel. "Talking to Ed Silvoso". Jesus Life (September 25, 1999).
  10. ^ "Spiritual Transformers in the Marketplace" (PDF).
  11. ^ Sanchez, Sheila (July 21, 2005). "God at Work". Weekly Almaden Times.
  12. ^ Choy, Jeremy. "Ed Silvoso's Transformation Conference 2006". Issue 30, January–March 2007. Harvest Times. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "Ed Silvoso". New Canaan Society. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  14. ^ "Visitara Argentina El Pastor Coreano Paul Chonggi Cho". Resistencia. January 16, 1987.
  15. ^ Logelin, Inger J. "Transformation: What Set the Argentina Revival Apart?". In The Workplace. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  16. ^ Out of this experience developed much of the content for Silvoso's second book, "Prayer Evangelism"; the account of his early ministry is told in "That None Should Perish," 1994.
  17. ^ "Media from Speech". New Canaan Society. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  18. ^ Wagner, Peter and Pablo Deiros (1999). "The Argentine Phenomenon" extracted and edited from "The Rising Revival". Ventura, Ca.: Gospel Light Publications.
  19. ^ Holvast, René (2008). Spiritual Mapping in the United States and Argentina, 1989–2005. The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.
  20. ^ Wagner, C. Peter. "The Awesome Argentina Revival—Lessons in Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare from Argentina".
  21. ^ Silvoso acknowledges the successful ministries of others in the Argentine Revival by name, “Unleashing the Headwaters of Revival,” The Rising Revival: Firsthand Accounts of the Incredible Argentine Revival—and How It Can Spread throughout the World, edited by C. Peter Wagner and Pablo Deiros, Ventura, Ca: Renew, 1998, pp. 202–204. He also supplies background for the events leading to the revival, pp. 207–216.
  22. ^ Jane Rumph identified Ed Silvoso as an Argentine strategist, "Engaging the Enemy in Resistencia," The Rising Revival, p. 144, and acknowledges that "Plan Resisencia" became a prototype for citywide evangelism applied around the world, pp. 144–145, 156.
  23. ^ "Five Star Evangelist". Re (14): 13–18. June 2011.
  24. ^ As a documentarian, Ed Silvoso has featured transformation in Sentul City, Jakarta, Argentina, Middleburg, Witbank, Uganda, Parañaque City, the Philippines, Jacksonville, Ontario, Phuket, Newark, Elk River, and throughout North America, as well as in the marketplace, government, prison, schools, business, and entertainment industry.
  25. ^ Serra, Jack (1999). Marketplace Marriage & Revival: The Spiritual Connection. Orlando, Fl: Longwood Communications.
  26. ^ Patterson, Alice (2010). Bridging the Racial & Political Divide How Godly Politics Can Transform a Nation. San Jose, Ca: Transformational Publications.
  27. ^ Oda, Caroline Ward and (2007). Catch the Wave of Transformation from the Shores of Hawaii. San Jose, Ca: Transformational Publications.
  28. ^ Heeren, Rick (2004). Thank God It's Monday! How to Take God to Work with You. San Jose, Ca: Transformational Publications.
  29. ^ Also see: Rick Heeren. Marketplace Miracles: Extraordinary Stories of Marketplace Turnarounds Transforming Businesses, Schools and Communities, Ventura, Ca: Regal Press, 2008.
  30. ^ Walker, Ken. "It's Time for Marketplace Ministry". Charisma Magazine (May 31, 2003). Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  31. ^ Silvoso, Ed (2007). Transformation: Change The Marketplace and You Change the World. Ventura, Ca.: Regal Press. p. 221.
  32. ^ "Transformation Hawai'i". Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  33. ^ Pagh, Greg. "What are 5 Key Biblical Paradigms of Nation Transformation?". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  34. ^ For a social model see, George H. Meyers, "Toward a Model of Cooperation to Implement Enduring Urban and Rural Development for the Republic of Guatemala," developed at the request of Manuel Baldizón, Diputado Parliament of Guatemala, 2011.
  35. ^ Silvoso, Transformation, pp. 28–29. This section introduces the five paradigms, while pp. 115–120 define systemic poverty as it relates to the transformation movement.
  36. ^ http://www.marketplaceleaders.org/4-types-of-christians. For a video description, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1hGsDt179Q.
  37. ^ Ed Silvoso, Ekklesia: Rediscovering What Jesus Designed the Church For, 2014. Some of this booklet was delivered to the 24th Global Transformation Conference in Hawaii, October 27–31, 2014.
  38. ^ http://biblehub.com/greek/1577.htm.
  39. ^ http://www.acu.edu/sponsored/restoration_quarterly/archives/1950s/vol_2_no_4_contents/lewis.html.
  40. ^ Similar material is contained in the DVD, Ekklesia: The Kingdom of God in the Marketplace.
  41. ^ Ekklesia, p. 5.
  42. ^ Ed Silvoso. Transformation: Change the Marketplace and You Change the World. Regal Publishing, 2007.
  43. ^ http://transformourworld.org
  44. ^ To learn the history of this ministry, see: http://www.edsilvoso.com/personal-story.
  45. ^ http://www.transformourworld.org/en/itn/international-transformation-network.
  46. ^ For an additional biography, see http://www.cbn.com/finance/edsilvoso_anointed.aspx?mobile=false.
  47. ^ http://www.transformourworld.org/en/tsot.
  48. ^ https://transformationondemand.com/university
  49. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/TransformOurWorld
  50. ^ https://www.facebook.com/transformourworld
  51. ^ http://www.transformourworld.org/en/transformation-tv
  52. ^ http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/dr-ed-silvoso-transform-our-world-conference
  53. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcL53DgHdeE.
  54. ^ http://www.kfax.com/ContentPages/7856/

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