From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Erwin Raphael McManus (1958-) is the lead pastor of Mosaic Church, a Christian community in Los Angeles, California which has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. He made his name first by becoming a popular speaker on issues related to postmodernism and postmodern Christianity, but also writes and lectures on topics such as culture, change, creativity, and leadership. McManus was named by Church Report in January 2007 as one of the "50 Most Influential Christians in America."
McManus earned his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Serving as a church planter in Dallas he began two congregations where he worked among the urban poor. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he, with brother Alex, were employed to replace what have been called "outdated and stagnant" church leadership teams with "younger and fresher thinkers". He moved to Los Angeles in 1993 where he eventually took the pastor role at Mosaic. Since the 1990s McManus has been associated with the Leadership Network and he partners with Bethel Seminary as a lecturer and futurist.
He headed up the creation of the Mosaic Alliance, a loose association of like-minded churches. He also presides over the "Origins" conference held yearly at Mosaic. McManus was instrumental in organizing the "Rethink" conference saying "We need to know where things are going so we can get there first" and he catalyzed The Barbarian Project internship, "The greatest enemy to the movement of Jesus Christ is Christianity."
Erwin spoke at The Global Leadership Summit, which is put on by Willow Creek Association and founded by Bill Hybels.
McManus has introduced various psychological personality metrics to the church such as the Myers-Briggs type indicator and Gallup's Strengths Finder. In recent years he has also founded Awaken, a collection of poets, artists, film makers and humanitarians whose stated goal is "maximizing the divine potential" in every human being.