The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission

The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission

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by Rick Warren
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0310201063

ISBN-13: 9780310201069

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: Zondervan

“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

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“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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310201069
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
116,595
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Dr. W. A. Criswell
Surfing Spiritual Waves
Part One
• Seeing the Big Picture
1. The Saddleback Story
2. Myths About Growing Churches
Part Two
• Becoming a Purpose-Driven Church
3. What Drives Your Church?
4. The Foundation for a Healthy Church
5. Defining Your Purposes
6. Communicating Your Purposes
7. Organizing Around Your Purposes
8. Applying Your Purposes
Part Three
• Reaching Out to Your Community
9. Who Is Your Target?
10. Knowing Whom You Can Best Reach
11. Developing Your Strategy
Part Four
• Bringing In a Crowd
12. How Jesus Attracted Crowds
13. Worship Can Be a Witness
14. Designing a Seeker-Sensitive Service
15. Selecting Your Music
16. Preaching to the Unchurched
Part Five
• Building Up the Church
17. Turning Attenders into Members (Congregation)
18. Developing Mature Members (Committed)
19. Turning Members into Ministers (Core)
20. God’s Purpose for Your Church

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Purpose-driven Church 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A VERY AMAZING BOOK. 'THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH' SHOWED ME HOW SOME GODLY PRINCIPLES COULD BE APPLIED TO MY CHURCH AND THE WONDERFUL THINGS LEARNED COULD BE USED TO HELP WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST AND BETTER THE COMMUNITY. THAT IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF 'THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH' TO GET OTHER CHURCHS MOTIVATED AND SHOW THEM THAT IT IS NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS AND THIS SPECIAL BOOK WILL GIVE YOUR CHURCH THE WISDOM TO DO IT. THE WRITER RICK WARREN SHARES WHAT HE HAS LEARNED SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE BLESSED.
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south-padre More than 1 year ago
For those who want to understand how to start or grow a church. It list many steps to consider and take. The author ask you not to copy his style but to consider what has worked for him.
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What troubled me the most about this book is how Warren chose translations or paraphrases based on whether or not the verse contained the word 'purpose' or 'focus'. Having examined fourteen translations and paraphrases and looking at which ones Warren chose each time was enlightening. Often the verses he chose (to enhance his byword, 'purpose') disagreed with every other translation or paraphrase. Warren's mainstay version seems to be the Message, a paraphrase. He deviates from it when another version uses 'purpose' in a verse and the Message does not. Is this honest scholarship? To base your book on the word 'purpose' and then reverse engineer it (as Warren has apparently done) by finding (sometimes almost unheard of) translations and paraphrases to fit is not the way to build an honest case. The concepts in the book are not new, and Scripture itself is clearer and certainly more precise than Warren's book in these matters. Another issue that discturbed me was Warren's penchant to make 'factual statements' and than have nothing to back the truth of the statement up. For example, on p. 33, Warren says, 'Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose.' On what does he base this assertion? No footnote accompanied the statements. These are minor ones, but they exemplify how Warren often makes statements that are to be taken as factual without any data to back them up. He does the same with statistics. The book is not unbiblical, but it is sub-biblical. It fails to accurately present Scripture, and while the major themes he uses are acceptable, the poor scholarship weakens his case for any who would but take the time to read several versions of the Bible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much. Purpose driven is a good concept for not only my church, but for many other areas in my life. I believe many lay people should look at this. In fact, I wish our church council would read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rick Warren has written a gem, a textbook for all church planters, pastors, and church leaders, who want to have growing, healthy churches. The book stresses the need for the church to become purpose-driven and not program-driven. Many have criticized Rick for his methods in reaching the unchurched culture, but one only has to see the explosive growth of Saddleback Church and the many churches who have implemented the Biblical principles in his book, to realize that God has His hand in it. Moreover, Warren never encourages other churches to copy the Saddleback model, only the Biblical principles therein.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would not recommend this book. The title suggests that you can have growth without having to change your message. As I read it I discovered that the author very much changes the biblical message to a 'seeker sensitive' message, which is totally UNBIBLICAL. On this subject I would highly recommend John MacArthur's 'Ashamed of the Gospel'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warren's book is a dynamic encouragement to any church trying to 'find herself'. Rick surfaces the main purposes of the local church and offers creative ideas for reaching those biblical goals. This is a MUST read for any pastor. Give a copy to each of your deacons.
BNManager More than 1 year ago
This book is very easy to read and to inpliment. Rich describes step by step how God led him through planting the shuch in Sadlebrook.
Real can do stuff that any chuch or church planner can get done IF. It's God's will and their are some folks on your team that want to trust God's direction.

Maybe the DIY book on church planting, building, and directing.

Open Minds before opening the cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best thing you can do with this book is burn it. Rick Warren's 'feel good' ideas and unscriptural hogwash are an abomination to the Lord. The idea of promoting Contemporary Christian Music is blasphemous. Anyone who promotes this book are of those who 'will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.' Pray for Rick Warren. Pray for him to repent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book ought to be required reading for every layperson desiring a position of leadership in the church.