Todd Wilson’s Thought Leaders

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

07_TL_Sackett_Generic3_JNMultiplication: Ralph Moore, founding and senior pastor, Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

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

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

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