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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition edition (2 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310208130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310208136
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Purpose Driven(R) 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(R) 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.' --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dr. Rick Warren is pastor, author, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist. His book The Purpose driven Life has been called the bestselling non-fiction hardback in publishing history by Publishers Weekly, having sold more than 32 million copies. Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980 with his wife, Kay. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest, CA, the church has ten satellite campuses in Southern California and three international campuses.


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Rick Warren's Purpose driven church is a book that will turn your thinking about what church is all about.
Why does your church exist? Is it purely for those who currently attend.
Built on the foundation of the Great Commandment (to love God and love your neighbour) and the Great Commission (to Go into all nations and...), Warren encourages the church to focus on 5 purposes of "outreach, fellowship, disciplship, worship and ministry" and organise the church around these purposes.
It recognises that everyone is on a spiritual journey and therefore the book suggests that the church needs to focus on five groups of people (community - unchurched, crowd - attenders, congregation, committed and the core) and build the church from the outside-in, i.e. reach the unchurch and take them through to committed and serving God.
I would encourage any church leader to read this book, and reflect on what it means for their local church. It has inspired me, and as a church we a prayer refocusing on what God wants for our church. (Happy to discuss with anyone who wants to drop me an email).
Finally reminder - God is building HIS church. Do we really what to help Him in that process where He has placed us?
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Hate is strong, but sadly the message of this book is not the message of God's law clearly explained followed by a call to repentence and faith in the penal substitutional sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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A dynamic life changing view of where you are going not only as an organization, but as an individual. This book based on Bible principles gives practical help in making godly decisions that will out last your position, disposition, and even your life.
An absolute jewel if you desire to grow spiritually as well as increasing your sphere of influence.
We are all comitted to something or someone and this book helps you decern to whom you are comitted and where that comittment might lead you.
I call this book a chiropractic treat for the soul.
Gives you an adjustment. Some times makes you sore, but always lifts you to a new level of growth.
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Well worth reading, arrived as stated, in excellent condition, would recommend every church to read it as it will give you a lot of insight into how to run and effective church, may the lord speak to you all through it
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'We grow in Christ by being in relationship to other Christians.' This gives us a sense of belonging. But what happens if you're in a church of people who ignore you, you don't connect with, you don't have anything in common with, or are very status driven? If you don't have any friends in the church you're attending then you won't stay. When Christians go to a new church, they look around and ask themselves if they fit in here with these people. What does this church offer that I can't get anywhere else? Most people are either looking for good bible teaching or strong friendships. This is usually facilitated by sharing meals together. However, a lot of home groups don't provide meals, so therefore the weekly bible study has to be good otherwise there's no point in coming, especially if there's no guarantee of support or encouragement from other members.

One of the things that I found in previous churches is a lack of acceptance of me as an unemployed person, or any willingness to bear my burdens.
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I've found this book to be full of wisdom and clear about what a church needs to do. Some are worried that it's all about building a big church but Rick makes it clear it is the purpose of the church that he is discussing. Many of the ideas apply just as much to a small community church as a metropolitan mega church. But Rick does make it clear that there's no point in a community church aspiring to mega church status. That is why the leadership needs to be clear what the purpose of their church is.
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Falsifys Scriptures by removing them from their context. Very world based / humanism. Heretical idea and very works/flesh based. It makes friends with the world telling them what they want to hear. Deceives believers away from the application of God's Word in daily life. the idea is based on the human philosophy of atheists. Basically it is Gnosticism which tried to destroy the early Church. John warns about it in his epistles.
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I first read this book some years ago. Our Baptist Church pastor passed it round the deaconate and it eventually reached me. I read it with an open mind and heart, but around half-way through I felt very uncomfortable about the message and the strategy. Is this Christianity that Mr Warren is selling, or is he running a popular DVD/grocery/air ticket shop?

I am afraid I just did not recognise this as being Christianity. It seemed to catch the worst aspects of modern business management. He seemed to be happy with one covert if he alienated 100 others. I am quite serious, this does come across. But, Jesus said to seek the 1 lost and leave the 99 saved. The opposite message.

I worry that this approach may have created a church of thousands, but has put off hundreds of thousands in the process. Of course, some are saved and some are lost. But that is in God's remit, and we must present a clear, honest and winsome gospel that attracts people to turn to God in The Holy Spirit to accept Christ as their personal saviour.

So, I confess I rejected Mr Warren's approach and would advise others to do so too.
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