If you want to stay on ministry’s cutting edge and increase your impact, you should keep an eye on these church leaders, churches, and Christian agencies doing amazing stuff. But it’s not always easy to know who you should be following.
We’ve put together this list of 20 church influencers you should be following:
If you’re interested in growing your leadership chops, you’re going to want to follow John Maxwell. He’s a bestselling author, powerful coach, and renowned speaker who has built an incredible ministry around raising up leaders in the church.
Where to follow him:
2. Dan Reiland
You’d assume that a former partner of John Maxwell’s would know a lot about leadership development—and in Dan’s case, you’d be right. For 20 years Dan worked alongside John as an executive pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego and as the vice president of leadership and church development at INJOY. Now he’s working on his own as a coach for pastors.
3. Matt Adair
Here’s a guy with a lot of irons in the fire. He’s the lead pastor of Christ Community Church in Athens, GA. He’s also the founder and CEO of Griddiron, which helps struggling church leaders grow personally and professionally so they can continue to lead their churches.
4. Bob Goff
After spending 25 years practicing law, Bob decided to give it up and focus on writing and speaking full-time. Bob calls himself an encourager to millions and devotes his time helping people unlock their potential to love and pursue their goals and dreams. He’s the New York Times bestselling author of Love Does.
5. Church Fuel
Finding the right resources can be a game changer. Church Fuel creates tools, resources, and courses to help pastors recruit and retain volunteers, prevent burnout, start new ministries, preach sermons that stick, and engage with new visitors in a way that gets them to return.
As the founder of Church Fuel, Michael knows what pastors need. Following Michael’s own blog and social channels really provides incredible insight into how he sees ministry and the church and how he keeps himself organized.
As the founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Ravi has built a name for himself as an apologist to the world. He travels all over the world helping thinkers believe and believers think.
As RSI Church Solutions puts it, gone are the days of “going with your gut” and “hoping for the best.” They’ve created a comprehensive approach that eliminates the guesswork in achieving ministry goals and funding.
9. Eugene Cho
As the founder of Quest Church in Seattle, WA, Cho has created a powerful multi-cultural and multi-generational church. He’s the author of Overrated, and the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions seeking to alleviate extreme global poverty.
10. Lynne Hybels
In 1975, Lynne and Bill Hybels started Willow Creek Community Church. She has since been a strong ministry partner with ministries in Chicago, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. She’s currently partnering with women in conflict zones who are committed to reconciliation, peacemaking, caring for refugees, and creating a better future for their children.
Kingdom innovators need occasional help finding solutions to their problems, turning their dreams into workable plans, and creating teams that work productively. Leadership Network helps foster growth by helping innovators move from ideas, to implementation, to impact.
12. David Kinnaman
As the president of Barna, David knows a little about the church. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He’s the author of bestsellers Unchurched and Good Faith.
13. Ed Stetzer
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.
Named after the Greek word for “to cause to grow,” auxanō is a nonprofit church consulting firm that helps churches create their own growth journey map by focusing on:
15. Todd McMichen
Since 2000, Todd has been a well-established stewardship and generosity campaign coach, as well as a conference leader and speaker. Todd now gives leadership to auxanō’s generosity team, creating unique capital and generosity campaigns throughout the country.
16. Stephan Bauman
Stephan transitioned from a career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade. He now serves as President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization serving more than five million vulnerable people each year. Today he is the executive director of a philanthropic foundation serving the least resourced and accessible places in the world.
17. Tim Keller
Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989. He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In over ten years they have helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities.
He’s the author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, which have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.
Sometimes faith-based organizations need funding to fulfill their vision, and over 3,100 of them have gone to Generis for help. Generis uses biblical principles, best giving practices, and your ministry’s DNA to help you create a strategy to help you do the impossible.
You want a great church team, right? Vanderbloemen helps churches and ministries build awesome teams by helping them find the right people, upping performance, and making plans for pastoral succession. They also will help you with compensation analysis to help you find the right salaries.
Church Community Builder works alongside ministries to help them improve their efforts. They do this “not by changing your why or what, but by improving your how.” They provide church management software and one-on-one, principle-based leadership coaching to help churches create sustainable, thriving communities.
Become one of the church leaders people want to follow
You can become an influential church that people want to stay connected to as well. All you need to do is unleash your church’s mission, vision, and purpose. Download a free copy of the ebook How to Create Your Church’s Growth and Legacy Plan.
When you discover and live out your unique vision, you’ll become an influential church that others will want to follow.