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 believers that in order for a church to be healthy if must become a purpose driven church by Jesus. Now the founding pastor of Saddleback Church 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. Discover the same practical insights and principles for growing a healthy church that Rick has taught in seminars to over 22,000 pastors and church leaders from sixty denominations and forty-two countries. 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."
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the subtitle should be "A Jesuit Handbook for Taking over the Protestant Church" ... just kidding.more
Rick Warren's seminal work on the core purpose of church and using the experiences he has gained from planting and building Saddleback Church in Californiamore
Rick Warren presents the structure, philosophy, and theology that are the foundation for Saddleback Church. While a prescription for the megachurch of which he is the lead pastor, it is written as a guide for utilizing these principles to structure your church without suggesting that this is the only way to structure a church.more
The thesis of The Purpose Driven Church is that when churches think first about their health, growth is sure to follow. "If your church is healthy," writes Rick Warren, "growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church." These five purposes are to "Love the Lord with all your heart," "Love your neighbor as yourself," "Go and make disciples," "[Baptize] them," and "[Teach] them to obey." And those purposes can only be accomplished, argues Warren, when church leaders stop thinking about church-building programs and shift their focus to a "people-building process" involving fellowship, discipleship, worship, and evangelism. Warren, the founder of the fastest-growing Baptist church in American history, has taught seminars to thousands of pastors from all over the world, many of whom have successfully implemented his techniques.more
This is the book that has caught my mind and it's worth following by reading through its pages. more
Set in eighteenth-century New Bedford, Massachusetts, this Hanukkah story centers around a family of crypto-Jews - Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity (usually Catholicism), but who secretly maintained their own traditions - and how they came to publicly profess their true faith. The eponymous Emanuel, who admires the whaling captains who frequent his merchant father's shop, and who has never known anything but freedom, presses his Portuguese-born father to publicly display the family's menorah, during the Festival of Lights. His father, used to the secrecy required in Europe, refuses, until Emanuel stows away on Captain Henshaw's ship, and all aboard find themselves in terrible danger. It is only then that he, and the rest of the (secretly) Jewish community of New Bedford relent, using their menorahs to guide the ship home, after a storm knocks out the lighthouse.Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue touches upon some fascinating themes - issues of religious persecution and freedom, questions of identity and having pride in one's heritage, and notions of bravery, and how we define it - but in the end I was left wanting more. I enjoyed the story, and applaud the message of standing up for what is right, and refusing to live in fear, but I had trouble suspending my disbelief, while reading. The author's brief foreword mentions the community of secretly Jewish merchants who settled in New Bedford, but gives scant details. When did this community declare itself as Jewish? Was it in the eighteenth century, as depicted here? What about religious intolerance in Massachusetts? Of course it would not have compared, in scope or virulence, to that found in Europe, but it was certainly still abroad in the culture. I wish the author had given more historical details, as I was left with many questions...more
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