Monday, January 08, 2007

The 50 Most Influential Chrisitans in America

Thank God that heaven's list of the Most Influential Christians won't have names we recognize. Not bashing or praising anyone on the list nor am I asking you to. The Sermon On The Mount, makes it very clear who gets honor, promotion, recognition in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whom would you add to the list of influentials in America or more importantly in Your Life...who has influenced you in your faith the most? Share with us your top 3.

The Church Report is pleased once again to announce this year’s list of The 50 Most Influential Christians in America. The list is the result of over 200,000 nominations from readers of the magazine and our online readers. After carefully tabulating each nomination, what follows is a list of people deserving of our recognition and thanks. As with all types of lists, there are those not on this list, not because they were not deserving, but simply because we could not publish a list of the 100 most influential Christians in America. The staff of The Church Report did not choose this list, as we do some of our other lists throughout the year; rather, we feel that the nominations from Christians across America are more representative.

This year’s most influential Christian in America, as chosen by the readers, is Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Pastor Osteen – who early in his church life never thought about being a pastor and preferred being in the background – pastors one of the largest churches in America, is a best-selling author and travels across the country speaking to packed arenas of people eager to hear his message.



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