Warren Bird, Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He now serves as Vice President of Research and Equipping for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ecfa.org). He is also a Senior Fellow at Leadership Network, in recognition of his outstanding work for 13 years as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network, 2006-2018.
An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of more than 30 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller.
Warren blogs regularly at Large Church Trends. See also ecfa.org/surveys for many of his online reports including “Ten Ways to Improve Your Board: Best Practices of Effective Nonprofit Governance” and “Four Challenges for Governance Boards: Many Boards Unprepared for the Future.” See also his research reports at leadnet.org/megachurch, leadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable.
He also oversees the world’s only active, sortable list of global megachurches.