Leonard Sweet has served as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, NJ, since 2000.
Dr. Sweet’s areas of expertise include:
- Evangelism and Social Justice
- History of Evangelism in America
- Church History
- Postmodern Christianity
In addition to his professorships at Claremont, Dr. Sweet has authored numerous books, articles, book reviews and over 600 published sermons. His audio book SoulTsunami received a Grammy nomination and a Crystal Award in 1999 and in 2000 SoulSalsa won the Crystal Award for Best Audio Book (Religious).
Two of his latest books are The Three Hardest Words in the World To Get Right, Waterbrook/Random House, 2006 and The Gospel According to Starbucks, Waterbrook, 2006. Dr. Sweet was voted one of the 50 Most Influential Christian Leaders in America in 2006 and 2007. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences, state conventions, pastors’ schools and retreats.
Dr. Sweet 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.Education
Ph.D. University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
M.Div. Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer (Rochester, NY)
B.A. University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)Teaching Experience:
E. Stanley Jones Professor of EvangelismDrew Theological Seminary (Madison, NJ)
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological SchoolProfessor of Postmodern ChristianityDrew Theological Seminary (Madison, NJ)
Visiting Distinguished ProfessorGeorge Fox University (Portland, OR)Publications
- The Gospel According to Starbucks (2007 WaterBrook Press)
- The Three Hardest Words: In the World to Get Right (2006 WaterBrook Press)
- Summoned to Lead (2004, Zondervan)
- Out of the Question ... Into the Mystery (2004, WaterBrook Press)
- Jesus Drives Me Crazy! (2003, Zondervan (1st. ed.))
- The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Persepectives (2003, Zondervan)
- A Cup of Coffee at the SoulCafe (1998, Broadman & Holman Publishers)
- A is for Abductive: The language of the Emerging Church (2003, Zondervan)
- Carpe Manana: Is Your Church Ready to Seize Tomorrow? (2001, Zondervan)
- Postmodern Pilgrims: A 1st Century Passion for a 21st Century Church (2000, B&H Publishing Group)
- Soul Salsa (2000, Zondervan)
- AquaChurch: Essential Leadership Arts for Piloting Your Church in Today’s Fluid Culture (1999, Group Publishing)
- Eleven Genetic Gateways to Spiritual Awakening (1998, Abingdon)
- FaithQuakes (1995 Abingdon)
- Health and Medicine in the Evangelical Tradition (1994, Trinity Press International)
- New Life in the Spirit (1982 Westminster John Knox Press (1st ed.))
- Black Images of America (1976, Norton (1st ed.))
Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School (Madison, NJ), and Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University (Portland, OR), Leonard Sweet is the author of more than one hundred articles, 600 published sermons and thirty books, most recently The 3 Most Difficult Words in the World To Get Right (2006).
Sweet's web-based preaching resource Wikiletics.com is the first open-source preaching resource on the web. Founder and President of SpiritVenture Ministries, Sweet is a frequent speaker and conversation partner at conferences both in the US and around the globe. In 2006 he was voted "One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America" (www.thechurchreport.com/content/view/823). His current projects include a preaching text entitled Giving Blood: The Art and Craft of Abductive Preaching, as well as writing projects with Joe Myers and Eddie Hammett. Upcoming books include The Venti Gospel: Double-Shot Living with a Starbucks Passion, Pay Attention: Every Bush is Burning, Weathering The Perfect Storm (with Stephan Joubert), The MRI Church, and Life's 9 Withnesses.
Len has also been Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University for five years, Previous to Drew Len served for eleven years as President and Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. Prior to 1985, 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.