Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

10 Influential Christians to Follow

Over the last several years, the 10 people on this list have greatly influenced my life in some fashion. They have helped me in raising my family, confirming my life's calling, becoming debt free, and more. Their lives, their speaking, and their writing has changed my way of thinking in a positive way.
  1. Dave Ramsey - although many Christians find Dave a little on the edge for his "in your face" style, I find him extremely refreshing as being a "real" Christian. When it comes to personal finance, he takes a completely Biblical approach (i.e. no debt!). His program (FPU - 7 Baby Steps) really works if you work the program. Dave is hitting his stride on the radio, on TV, as an author, and as a shrewd business man. He will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. [Dave's website]
  2. Dan Miller - I first discovered Dan through Dave Ramsey (they are mutual, Nashville friends). Dan is the author of the popular books 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Mondays. Dan gives some of the best career advice currently available. [Dan's website]. Be sure to sign-up for his newsletter and check out his podcast. Great stuff!
  3. Zig Ziglar - Zig is the "godfather" of Christian-based motivation, personal development, and corporate training. He has directly or indirectly influenced many of the people on this list. [Zig's website].
  4. Rick Warren - Rick has emerged as one of the most influential pastors in America today. His popular, best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life has helped millions of Christians determine their life's mission. I admire Pastor Rick deeply for how he has handled the wealth and success he has achieved through his book. He and his wife became reverse tithers (live on 10%; give away 90%), he has not altered his lifestyle as a result of great wealth, and he has leveraged his stewardship of influence in a positive way. [Rick's website].
  5. John Maxwell - John is the leadership guru. Hands down. No debate. I admire John for the sheer volume of writing he produces and the leadership advice that he gives. He is a tremendous public speaker as well [John's website].
  6. Bill Hybels - Bill is the founding pastor of Willowcreek Church in Chicago, IL. He and his team have had a profound influence on the Mega church movement, as well as the impact of creativity in the worship arts. [Willowcreek's website].
  7. Steven Curtis Chapman - as a musician myself, I had to place one Christian musician on my list. I admire Steve as a great song writer. I also admire him for the longevity he has had in his music career. He is a tremendous family man, and I have been impressed with his walk with Christ after the recent tragic death of his young, adopted daughter. As a dad of two small girls, I can't help but cry every time I hear his song Cinderella. [Steve's website].
  8. Greg Vaughn - Greg is the author of the book Letters from Dad. His big idea about giving memory boxes and letters to your family members is a powerful one. His book is a must read for all family men. [Greg's website].
  9. Meg Meeker, M.D. - I had to put at least one female on my list! I became acquainted with Meg through Dave Ramsey's radio program. Meg is the author of the popular book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. In this book she reveals 10 secrets every father should know in raising and relating to their daughters. As a father of two little girls, I know I'll be referring back to her book for years to come. [Meg's website].
  10. Joel Osteen - many Evangelical Christians don't appreciate Joel's ministry (this is putting it mildly), but I appreciate him for a number of reasons. First, he gives the popular self-help industry a decidedly faith-based, God-centered foundation. I don't listen and watch Joel to get deep into the Word, but when I need encouragement in my walk, I turn to Joel. Second, he is leading a church that is exploding in its influence. Third, he is a shrewd communicator and businessman. [Joel's website].
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  1. Great list but don't forget about Michael Pink. He's done speaking engagements with Zig Zigler in the past and has several incredible books out. His websites are and

    Mark A. Minnella Jr.

  2. Thanks, Mark, for leaving your comment. I wasn't familiar with Michael Pink, but I'll be sure to check out his website.