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In 2006 and 2007, Len was recognized by his peers as one of
the "Fifty Most Influential Christians in America" (ChurchReport magazine); and in 2010, he was selected by the leading
non-English Christian website as one of the "Top Ten Most Influential Christian
Leaders of 2010."
His popular podcast, "Napkin Scribbles," is widely quoted,
and his weekly sermon contributions to sermons.com have made that site the top
preaching resource for pastors in North America. For nine years, Len and his
wife wrote the entire content for the weekly preaching resource Homiletics.
In 2005, Len introduced wikiletics.com, the first
open-source preaching resource on the Web. Len's microblogs on Twitter and Facebook
are rated as two of the more influential social media sites in the world. You
can find some of Len's talks on his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/lenssweetspots.
In 1995, as founder and president of SpiritVenture
Ministries (SVM), Len launched Sweet's
SoulCafé, a spirituality newsletter later purchased by Broadman & Holman
Publishing. Len is a popular and highly sought-after speaker throughout North
America and around the world. Over the past few years, he has spoken in Taiwan,
Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Wales, South Africa, South
Korea, Iceland, Scotland, and most recently, China, Indonesia, and Latvia.
Len has authored more than two hundred articles, 1300
published sermons, and more than fifty books, including best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, Jesus Manifesto
(with Frank Viola), and Jesus: A
Theography (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are
revolutionizing the church's mission. Len released multiple books in 2012,
including Viral: Why Social Media is
Poised to Ignite Revival; What
Matters Most; Real Church in a Social
Network World (an e-book exclusive); I
Am A Follower; and The Greatest Story
Never Told: Revive Us Again. In 2011, Len published his first novel, The Seraph Seal (with Lori Wagner), in
conjunction with an innovative website: www.seraphseal.com. Two more books are
scheduled for release in 2013: a ground-breaking preaching textbook, Giving Blood: A Fresh New Paradigm for
Preaching (Zondervan); and The
Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn't Have to Be Such Hard Work (Tyndale
Momentum). Len also published the first religion e-book on Amazon.comThe Dawn Mistaken for Duskin 2000.
Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at
Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey (where he was vice
president of academic affairs and dean from 19952001), and a visiting distinguished
professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, Len is also president
emeritus of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio (where he also served
as professor of church history for eleven years).
Prior to 1985, when he was in his late twenties, Len was provost
of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York.
Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Len has been
chosen to speak at various jurisdictional and general conferences, as well as
the 1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a
consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is a
member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.
Len has served a term on the council of the American Society
of Church History, was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion for ten years, and is a
member of numerous professional groups. An honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate
of the University of Richmond, he earned his master of divinity degree from
Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and his Ph.D. from the University of
Rochester. He has also received honorary doctorates from the University of
Richmond (Virginia), Baker University (Kansas), Otterbein College (Ohio), Coe
College (Iowa), and Lebanon Valley College (Pennsylvania). Len has held
distinguished lectureships at various colleges, universities, and seminaries,
and has presented academic papers to major professional societies. He is a
frequent speaker at national and international conferences, state conventions,
pastors' schools, and retreats.
Len resides on Orcas Island off the coast of Washington
You can find Leonard Sweet online at www.leonardsweet.com;
LenSweet on Twitter, Facebook, LinkdIn, Google+, and amazon; and Youtube.com/lenssweetspots.