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Overview Every church is driven by something. Tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a church. But Rick Warren believes that in order for a church to be healthy it most become a purpose-driven church, built around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus. "The issue is church health, not church growth!" declares Warren. "If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church." In this landmark book, you'll learn the secret behind the fastest growing Baptist church in American history. Saddleback Church grew from one family to over 10,000 in worship attendance in just fifteen years, while planting twenty-six other churches. . .and without owning a building. Founding pastor Rick Warren shares a proven five-part strategy that will enable your church to grow. . .warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. The Purpose-Driven Church shifts the focus away from church building programs to emphasizing a people-building process. Warren says, "If you will concentrate on building people, God will build the church." Discover in these pages the practical insights and helpful principles that Rick Warren has taught in seminars to over 22,000 pastors and church leaders from sixty denominations and forty-two countries.
Publishers Description 'The Purpose Driven Church has brought focus and direction to more pastors and church leaders than you can count. What a gift '---John Ortberg, bestselling author Every church is driven by something. Tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a church. But Rick Warren believes that in order for a church to be healthy it must become a purpose-driven church, built around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus. 'The issue is church health, not church growth ' declares Warren. 'If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church.' Rick Warren shares a proven five-part strategy that will enable your church to grow * warmer through fellowship * deeper through discipleship * stronger through worship * broader through ministry * larger through evangelism The Purpose Driven Church shifts the focus away from church building programs to emphasizing a people-building process. Warren says, 'If you will concentrate on building people, God will build the church.'
Awards and Recognitions The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission by Rick Warren has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1996 Winner - Christian Ministry category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission by Rick Warren has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Time - 08/18/2008 page 39
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 14, 1995
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Purpose Driven Life
ISBN 0310201063 ISBN13 9780310201069 UPC 025986201067
Availability 0 units.
More About Rick Warren
Rick Warren was born in San Jose, California, and founded (with one family) Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rick and his wife, Kay, live in Trabuco Canyon, California, and have three children.
Rick Warren currently resides in Orange County, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Purpose Driven Church?
Post-Katrina Feb 12, 2007
This is an excellent book for any church--whatever size and whatever stage in development. The local church is a living organism and as such it's health is manifest in growth. A church that is not growing is either sick or dying. Church health (and balance) is emphazised in this text and not numbers. I belong to a once large church in eastern New Orleans that was devastated by Katrina. Rick Warren's book gives many truths and pointers on how our church can rebuild and be better than ever. The illustration in the first chapter about the movements of God being manifest in waves and us being the "surfers" is timely. Katrina was/is a blessing in being a rather large WAVE in this part of the country that many are recognizing and riding with joy and new purpose.
Seeking out a vision for your church community Jan 9, 2007
As pastor of a small Protestant church community in a European country which is truly becoming 'secular city' it is important to find material in order to try to formulate a vision - a new way of doing church in our postmodern times. I found Rick Warren's book truly valuable - the Church Council are using it now to evaluate the way forward - because a Church without a vision or mission is hopelessly lost! I would highly recommend the book to other pastors. Susan Waters Opstandingskerk Aalst, Belgium
Pragmatism in Full Bloom Dec 27, 2006
What Charles Finney popularized in the 19th century Rick Warren has taken to a new level in an era of mass communication. At the core PDC is rooted in semipelagianism, a teaching labled heresy by the church in 529 AD. Semipelagianism laid dormant for centuries and was given new life by Jacabus Arminius. Today the heresy is known as arminianism. In short the doctrine cuts at the core of biblical revelation, denying God's sovereinty in salvation. The result is a pragmatic approach to ministry where results are measured and the question as to their biblical justification is ignored. PDC , therefore, employes woldly business and marketing techniques to "grow" the church, reducing and often eliminating the need for God to build His church. PDC will lead a pastor and church down a path of doctrinal error. The visible church (unregenerate crowd) may grow, but the invisible church (the redeemed) will languish. The focus will shift from the mandate to feed the flock to entertaining the goats. Skip this book and practice ministry as outlined in THE book--the Bible. God has not called pastors to be "successful", but to be faithful to His Word and Gospel. Adherants of the PDC philosophy ultimately sacrifice both in their quest for "success."
Madison Avenue-style marketing as applied to church growth Nov 10, 2006
The problem I have with everything about the Purpose-Driven Church ("PDC") model is that it is predicated on one fact to justify why it is "better" or "more effective" than any other model--NUMBERS.
Having gone to a PDC, I find it disturbing that everything is reduced down to something is watered-down and stupefied for the masses. Even things such as accepting Christ into your heart end up being something that you end up checking off on an impersonal card. Everything has a different term that is watered-down enough to make it palatable to the masses. The PDC produces a generation of "believers" who don't know what they believe, because their Biblical knowledge is supplanted by other Christian self-help books.
The idea that the Sunday service is the focal point and that having a multimedia spectacle somehow will draw more believers is crazy. In the end, I think that you could apply everything you read in the PDC here to any part of your life. It's just purely incidental that they are using Jesus as the subject matter here.
Purpose Driven Church Nov 6, 2006
This is an excellent, must have handbook for all Pastors, Church Staff Members, and Leaders. This book sites the laws and directions of Christ and his apostles in the formation and purpose of His Church. The Church exists for Christ's purpose not our own. It is each church's responsibility to seek the purpose Christ has for them and then it is their job to set about to do it. Warren backs up everything in his book. It was fun to read and it was exciting to see the potential of each church if they just seek Christ for their purpose.