Recently, LifeWay President Thom Rainer compiled a list of 20 of what he thinks are the most influential evangelicals in America. The list, he says, is subjective (he just asked about 30 friends for input).
Here were the criteria:
–They had to be American
–They had to be living
–They had to be ‘evangelical’ (whatever that means)
–The nominees had to be influential (not necessarily those whom the person agreed with).
Here are the results… see what you think. (These are in alphabetical order):
- Matt Chandler
- Wilfredo De Jesus (Pastor Choco)
- Ross Douthat
- Tony Evans
- Louie Giglio
- Franklin Graham
- Craig Groeschel
- Bill Hybels
- T. D. Jakes
- Tim Keller
- Albert Mohler
- Beth Moore
- Joyce Meyer
- Joel Osteen
- John Piper
- Dave Ramsey
- Priscilla Shirer
- Any Stanley
- Rick Warren
The only one I was not familiar with was Ross Douthat, who is an author and New York Times columnist.
Interesting that Lecrae made the list.
3 women. That will get some fired up.
1 hispanic. 4 African Americans.
Not on the list: Mark Driscoll (although I wonder if his current woes kept him off this list for a time).
Also not on the list: James Dobson, Pat Robertson.
No John MacArthur or John Piper either. (Oops… correction… Piper IS on the list).
And no nod to younger pastors like Perry Noble or Steven Furtick (who also may have been knocked off by controversy).
More notably… no Francis Chan.
A couple of charismatic/pentecostals on the list, but not many.
What do YOU think? Who else SHOULD have been on the list?
And who should have NOT been on the list?
Are lists like these helpful, hurtful, or just interesting (I fall into the ‘just interesting’ camp myself).
Would love to hear your thoughts.