The "Influencers"

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : April 5, 2007

I’m interested in your perceptions of influence in contrast to those who have actually influence you.  Here’s how my little experiment will work.  After each of the categories below, add people to the lists.  If someone has already “taken your answer” put an “x” behind their name.   Make sense?  I’m assuming that some folks will add names to the list, but many others will agree…some folks will have lots of x-es after their names. 

Once you’ve added to the list and posted on your site, please leave a comment below.  I’ll try to keep the list updated. Oh, and please don’t list yourself or your own blog or your own community. ;)

Who do you think are the two most influential Christian spiritual leaders today (in North America)?

  1. Rick Warren xxx
  2. Joel Osteen xx
  3. T.D. Jakes
  4. Joyce Meyers x
  5. Jim Wallis xxx
  6. Bill Hybels x
  7. Shane Claiborne
  8. Dallas Willard
  9. Rob Bell x

Who do you think are the two most influential emerging Christian spiritual leaders today (in North America)?

  1. Brian McLaren xxxxx
  2. Rob Bell xxxx
  3. Todd Hunter
  4. Tony Jones x
  5. Spencer Burke
  6. Dan Kimball
  7. Doug Pagitt

Which two Christian spiritual leaders (in North America) do you think are most worthy of being influential?

  1. Eugene Peterson xxx
  2. Ched Myers
  3. Rich Nathan x
  4. Diana Butler Bass
  5. Jim Wallis xx
  6. Brian McLaren xxxx
  7. Rob Bell xx
  8. John Piper
  9. John Armstrong
  10. Richard Foster xx
  11. Stanley Hauerwas
  12. Obery Hendricks x

Which two churchy or theological blogs do you think are the most influential?

  1. The Jesus Creed xxxxx
  2. Real Live Preacher x
  3. Tall Skinny Kiwi xxx
  4. Jollyblogger
  5. God’s Politics x
  6. The Ooze
  7. x
  8. AKMA’s Random Thoughts
  9. Internet Monk

Which two churchy or theological blogs have influenced you the most?

  1. Reclaiming the Mission
  2. Leaving Munster x
  3. Internet Monk xx
  4. The Kinglings Muse
  5. Jesus Creed xxxx
  6. Dylan’s Lectionary Blog x
  7. Conversation at the Edge
  8. Adrian Warnock
  9. The God Hungry x
  10. The Radical Pastor xx
  11. Vintage Faith
  12. On Journeying with those in Exile

Which two North American church communities do you believe are the most influential?

  1. Willow Creek xxxxxxx
  2. Saddleback xxxxxxx
  4. Vineyard Columbus, Ohio x
  5. Mars Hill, Grand Rapids x

Which two self-described emerging/missional (North American) communities do you believe are the most influential?

  1. Solomon’s Porch xxxxxxx
  2. Mars Hill (take your pick) xxxxxx
  3. Imagio Dei, Portland xx
  4. Vintage (Santa Cruz) x
  5. Cedar Ridge Community Church x

Which two North American church communities do you think are most worthy of being influential?

  1. Church of the Savior (Washington, D.C.) x
  2. A Catholic Worker house…take your pick
  3. Oscar Romero Catholic Worker, Oklahoma City
  4. Koinonia, Georgia
  5. Apostles Church, Seattle WA
  6. Vintage Faith
  7. St. Sabina (Chicago, IL) x
  8. Mars Hill, MI xxx
  9. the simple way, Philadelphia PA
  10. Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  11. New Frontiers
  12. Irving Bible Church x
  13. Rutba House, NC
  14. Vineyard Central, OH
  15. Cedar Ridge Community Church

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    16 Responses to “The "Influencers"”

    1. Anna on April 6th, 2007 8:21 am

      That durn Churchinfo blog popped in the comment before me….

      How do I get rid of that rascally thing?

      Anyhow, I posted a contribution to the list.

    2. jim on April 6th, 2007 3:05 pm

      I’ve added my contributions to your list.

    3. jim on April 6th, 2007 6:14 pm

      Upon further reflection, I changed my answer to the first one from Joyce Meyer to Max Lucado…

    4. Bruce Reyes-Chow on April 6th, 2007 8:02 pm

      Hope you get some good results. It will be interesting to see what folks think. Posted my opinions [here].

    5. Julie Clawson on April 7th, 2007 11:14 am

      I’ve posted my thoughts here.

    6. Mike Clawson on April 7th, 2007 2:13 pm

      I’ve posted my votes here.

    7. Scot McKnight on April 8th, 2007 6:15 am

      Tuesday I will post this on my blog and hope to get a bundle of folks linking to you.

    8. dlw on April 9th, 2007 4:09 pm

      Here’s a local event coming up to support action wrt Darfur, in case you’re interested or want to republish it.


    9. jason on April 10th, 2007 6:12 am

      interesting list…i’ve added it to my site. thanks!

    10. Bryan on April 10th, 2007 8:04 am

      Hey I added this to my blog, thanks it was fun!

    11. Todd on April 10th, 2007 8:20 am

      Just completed your survey on my blog. Interesting!

    12. Bill on April 10th, 2007 10:20 am

      I completed posted the poll with my answers to my blog Full Blast. Very interested in seeing the complied results.

    13. bbaltrus on April 10th, 2007 10:27 am

      See my list at :

    14. tripp on April 10th, 2007 11:16 pm

      Which two churchy or theological blogs have influenced you the most?
      Faith and Theology Only Jesus Creed gets near this quality. Of course Ben, unlike Scot, gives credit when blogger part 2 chimes in. Just check out Kim’s lists.

    15. John L on April 11th, 2007 10:29 am

      Shouldn’t we be focused on those who have no voice, no influence - the marginalized, the disenfranchised? Didn’t Jesus scold his closest friends for concerning themselves with thoughts of “status” and “influence?”

      We live in a culture built and saturated on celebrity. Let’s be different, for Christ’s sake.

    16. markvans on April 11th, 2007 7:55 pm

      I agree, John. I’m hoping to post some concluding thoughts about this informal poll at a future day. My point in asking people to add to this list wasn’t to prop up celebrity, but to subvert it. My suspicion was (and I think it has been somewhat confirmed) that we are often not influenced by the celebrities–but by other, lesser known, folks. We often get so caught up in talking about celebrity leaders that we don’t stop and think about the people whose lives and stories have made the biggest impact in our lives.

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