We asked 35 Christian leaders, “Who is the influencer with the biggest impact on your life and ministry?” Most of these leaders listed several influential thinkers, writers, innovators, and leaders more of us should get to know. This response is from Todd Wilson, director of Exponential.
Multiplication, new philanthropy, personal calling: Bob Buford, cofounder, the Leadership Network
Multiplication: Dave Ferguson, founding and lead pastor, Community Christian Church, Naperville, Illinois
Discipleship: Dr. Robert Coleman, Distinguished Senior Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Missional: Alan Hirsch, founding director of Forge Mission Training Network.
Preaching: Matt Chandler, lead teaching pastor , The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas
Discipleship, holiness K.P. Yohannan, founder and president, Gospel for Asia
Living an apostolic, anointed life: Oscar Muriu, senior pastor, Nairobi Chapel
Calling: Os Guinness, author and social critic
Research and church statistics: David Kinnaman, president and majority owner, Barna Group
Engaging the world: Bob Roberts, founder, senior leader, and chief spokesman for Glocal.net.
Spirit-filled life: Larry Walkemeyer, lead pastor of Light and Life Christian Fellowship, Long Beach, California.
Multiethnic: Mark DeYmaz, founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas
Multisite: Mark Jobe, lead pastor of New Life Community Church in Chicago, Illinois
Young NextGen leaders Ryan Kwon, lead pastor, Resonate, Fremont, California. Derwin Gray, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, Indian Land, South Carolina
Living missionally: Jeff Vanderstelt, vision and equipping leader, SOMA
Missional communities Alex Absalom, leader of missional innovation, RiverTree Church, Massillon, Ohio
Discipleship: Jim Putman, senior pastor, Real Life Ministries, Post Falls, Idaho