Warren books most popular with pastors

Younger clergy less likely to be influenced
Best-selling author Rick Warren’s books are the most popular overall among Protestant pastors, but younger clergy are less likely to be influenced by them, a Barna Group survey shows.

A nationwide survey of senior pastors by the California-based research firm found that of some 200 books that were deemed helpful to them in the past three years, only nine books were mentioned by at least 2 percent of pastors.

One out of every five senior pastors said Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life was the most helpful book, with the California mega-church pastor’s earlier book, The Purpose Driven Church, cited as the next most popular book.

Among the seven other books mentioned by at least 2 percent of the 614 pastors surveyed by telephone last December were What’s So Amazing About Grace, by Philip Yancey; Courageous Leadership, by Bill Hybels; and 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John Maxwell.

 

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