Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists.
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
From 1978 to 1986, McLaren taught college English, and in 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church (crcc.org). He left higher education in 1986 to serve as the church's founding pastor and served in that capacity until 2006.
Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980's, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer at seminaries and denominational gatherings,nationally and internationally. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, Christian leadership, global mission, evangelism and spiritual formation, worship, inter-religious dialogue, and the relation of faith to ecology, public policy, social justice, and global crises.
His books include:
The Secret Message of Jesus (Thomas Nelson, 2006)
Everything Must Change (Thomas Nelson, 2007)
Finding Our Way Again (Thomas Nelson, 2008)
A New Kind of Christian (Jossey-Bass, 2001)
The Story We Find Ourselves In (Jossey-Bass, 2003)
The Last Word and the Word After That (Jossey-Bass, 2005)
The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix, (Zondervan, 1998, rev. ed. 2000)
Finding Faith (Zondervan, 1999) - re-published as two books, Finding Faith: A Search for What Makes Sense and Finding Faith: A Search for What is Real (Zondervan, 2007)
More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix (Zondervan, 2002)
A Generous Orthodoxy (Zondervan, 2004)
His co-authored books include:
A is for Abductive (with Dr. Leonard Sweet, Zondervan, 2002)
Adventures in Missing the Point (with Dr. Anthony Campolo, Zondervan, 2003)
Church in the Emerging Culture (Zondervan, 2003).
His books have been or are being translated into many languages, including Korean, Chinese, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Farsi, Portuguese, Indonesian, Tagalog, and Spanish. He has written for or contributed interviews to many periodicals, including Leadership, Sojourners, Worship Leader, and Conversations.
In 2009, "The Justice Project" will be released by Baker Books - a one-of-a-kind collection of essays from emerging leaders around the world, addressing issues of faith and social justice. Brian's next major solo projects will bereleased in March 2010 and March 2011, with HarperCollins. Details TBA.
A musician and songwriter, he has produced several collections of original music, most recently, Songs for a Revolution of Hope. Links to online articles and songs are available at www.brianmclaren.net.
He is actively involved in emergent, a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders (www.emergentvillage.com). He serves as a board chair for Sojourners (sojo.net), and is a founding member of Red Letter Christians. He formerly served on the boards of International Teams (www.iteams.org), Mars Hill Graduate School (mhgs.edu), and Off The Map (off-the-map.org).
He has appeared on many radio and TV broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American's 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, and many other print media.
Brian is married to Grace, and they live outside of Washington, DC. They have four young adult children. Brian travels extensively, and his personal interests include ecology, fishing, hiking, music, art, and literature.