Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among
innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. He is one of the leading spokespersons for the Emergence Christianity movement. He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs. He has appeared on many 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.
From 1978 to 1986, McLaren taught college English, and in 1982, he
helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He left higher education to serve as the church's founding pastor from 1986 to 2006. During that time, Cedar Ridge earned a reputation as a leader among emerging missional congregations.
McLaren 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, evangelism, leadership, global mission, spiritual formation, worship, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, ecology, and social justice.
McLaren serves as a board member for Sojourners/Call to Renewal and is a founding member of Red Letter Christians, a group of communicators seeking to broaden and deepen the dialogue about faith and public life. He is also a board member for Orientacion Cristiana and formerly served on the boards of International Teams in Chicago, Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, and Off The Map.
McLaren is one of the initiators of The CANA Initiative is a collective of faith-engaged organizations, individuals, institutions and networks rooted in a generous Christian tradition, who seek to embody a new Christian ethos leading to constructive collective action in the United States.