Top 20 Influential Christian Women on Twitter

This is a list, taken from my Top Christian bloggers list.  The ranking is based solely on number of Twitter followers, which does of course have limitations, but is something that is easily verifiable. Please do refer also to my post about being aware of the dangers of being too interested in whether you are or are not in a list like this.

One fascinating thing, especially in light of the complementarian / egalitarian debate is that although many of these women figure very highly in the top non-pastors list (indeed one of them tops the entire bloggers list) not one of them is the senior pastor of a church ie the leader the team. It turns out that Darlene Zschech is described together with her husband as a senior pastor, but her Wikki article suggests that as she is carrying lots of other responsibilities outside the church he is probably the one taking the lead in that team. They all exercise their influence in different ways. Much could be said about potential reasons to explain this finding, no doubt, but the fact remains that unless I have missed somebody out, there are no female senior pastors who are also highly followed Twitter users.  I have added a couple of extras that I missed and left the original top 20 at the bottom of the list.

1

Joyce Meyer

JoyceMeyer

1791383

2

Darlene Zschech

DarleneZschech

312338

3

Beth Moore

BethMooreLPM

273477

4

Natalie Grant

NatalieGrant

147764

5

Christine Caine

ChristineCaine

116089

6

Priscilla Shirer

PriscillaShirer

81339

7

Ann Voskamp

AnnVoskamp

51385

8

Marie Wikle

spreadingJOY

50687

9

Jenn Johnson

JennJohnson20

33126

10

Rachelle Gardner

RachelleGardner

31403

11

Vicky Beeching

vickybeeching

26933

12

Kathryn Jean Lopez

kathrynlopez

24196

13

Kay Warren

KayWarren1

22932

14

Bristol Palin

BristolsBlog

20736

15

Rachel Held Evans

rachelheldevans

20341

16

Stacy Lynn Harp

StacyHarp

19797

17

Anita Mathias

AnitaMathias1

18798

18

Charlotte Gambill

CharlGambill

17495

19

Mary DeMuth

MaryDeMuth

16912

20

JenHatmaker

JenHatmaker

15614

Michelle Shaeffer

MichelleShaeffr

11815

Sr CatherineWybourne

Digitalnun

7357

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock has been a blogger since April 2003, and part of the leadership team of Jubilee Church, London for more than ten years, serving alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus.

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  • http://www.kellyjyoungblood.com Kelly J Youngblood

    @MaryDeMuth has 16,907 followers–not sure if she was on your original list or not.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock Adrian Warnock

      Ive added her now. Thanks

  • http://www.kellyjyoungblood.com Kelly J Youngblood

    Re: none of them being pastors. I wonder how, exactly, we should define pastor. Is ordination necessary? Is having an M.Div. necessary? Is it the job description regardless of having those first two things? The reason I bring it up is that there are denominations that will ordain people who do not have higher education, and there are denominations who will not ordain people without it. And then you have someone like me who is neither ordained nor has a Master’s degree, but in my last job, I had all of the *duties* of a campus pastor even though I didn’t have the *title*.

  • http://patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock Adrian Warnock

    Kelly, precisely because of the complexity of all that, I revised the language to senior pastor (or rather team leader) in other words the senior leader of an individual church.

    • http://www.kellyjyoungblood.com Kelly J Youngblood

      That does clarify it. It’s such a complex topic all around! My off-the-top-of-my-head theory as to why there are not female senior pastors with a large Twitter following is because they are probably pastors of small(er) churches and are not well-known. The first two that are that came to mind are Nadia Bolz-Weber (@Sarcasticluther) with 8829 and Kathy Escobar (@kathyescobar) with 1998. Oh, another one I follow is Meg Jenisa (@RevGirlKazoo) but she has only 245. There are some other female pastors I follow but I don’t think they are senior pastors.

  • Donald Iloff

    You left off Victoria Osteen who has 234,000 Twitter followers and should rank 4th on your list.

  • Marie Wikle

    sending {{HUGS}} of great thanks for this kind list. I’m thankful that God would use me in any way – shape or form!

    @spreadingJOY

  • http://www.MoreThanCake.org/ J.R. Miller

    I would like to put my friend Lyn Smith out there as a great woman of influence. https://twitter.com/Lyn_Smith

    She just finished her first book with Tommy Newberry. She is an amazing speaker and servant of Jesus!


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