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.
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From the Back Cover
Abridged 2 Hours Read by the Author What Drives Your Church? 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. 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 the people-building process. Warren says, "If you will concentrate of building people, God will build the church." "Rick Warren is a master at communicating Gods truth and understanding culture. Listen and learn from him."
Leigh Anderson, Pastor, Wooddale Church