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I predict The Purpose-Driven Church will be the book for churches desiring to The Purpose-Driven Church to every pastor who wants to build a great New. Every church is driven by something. Tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a. Editorial Reviews. mitliotrachighgold.ga Review. The thesis of The Purpose Driven Church is that when churches think first about their health, growth is sure to follow .
Purpose Driven Churches begin by finding volunteers to lead and serve on each Purpose based team, developing full-time, paid positions as needed. The pastor preaches by purpose. He plans his messages and series to insure that the congregation receives a balanced emphasis on each of the purposes. They form small groups on purpose. Each small group helps the members fulfill each of the five purposes in their lives.
The goal is to help every believer live a Purpose Driven life. They calendar by purpose. The purposes are the determining factor in deciding what events are scheduled. They budget by purpose. Every expenditure is categorized by the purpose it relates to. They build by purpose.
Buildings are seen as ministry tools, not monuments. They must serve the purposes, and never become more important than the purposes. This should be enough to stop the liberal thinker in his or her tracks, but this tenet is fundamental to Warren's message.
All other things fall into place from here. Some of the most valuable sections concern growing through life's troubles and defeating temptation, both of which cause me problems from time to time. One of the ways in which one avoids temptation is concentrating on spending time with Him and the things he would like us to do.
This doesn't mean that one must sit in a pew for days on end or even pray endlessly for 8 hours, but it does indicate that helping out at a soup kitchen or veterans' hospital or hospice might bring you closer to Him than, say, a weekend in Las Vegas.
One of the great messages here is that you can't make your issues go away just by ignoring them. As Warren says, every temptation is an opportunity to do good.
I mean, doesn't everyone know what a church is for? Or a synagogue? It is a place to pray, right? Maybe it is not so obvious.
I don't think the leaders of my synagogue gave that question much thought, in spite of a recent effort at developing a strategic plan, though I can divine a purpose for the organization as I read the plan. It is just not explicit, and we would all benefit from a more explicit understanding of why our synagogue exists. Warren's advice is to then use that known and shared purpose to drive everything - services, programming, outreach to new members, etc.
I like it!
His advice about how to make services more inviting came from years of experience and trial and error. He reviews everything from the appearance of the physical building to the sermon and the message. In Judaism, and Catholicism, the service is more rigidly defined by years of tradition, but there is always room for improvement around the edges without losing the core tenants of the faith. Just having good coffee available instead of instant would be a start!
I don't know if reading Rick Warren's book would help a non affiliated Christian decide to accept Christ and affiliate with a church, but I am sure that it will help everyone from top to bottom in a church organization synagogue or mosque understand better the elements that go in to creating and maintaining a successful congregation. Thank you Rick. Mar 02, Pastor David rated it it was ok.
When you give this book the test of Scripture, there is much to be concerned about. Nov 08, Kevin Wonus rated it did not like it. Read it only if you want to see why bible-believers are chased out of churches by pastors who want larger congregations. Mar 21, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: A few things. First, I'm not a big fan of Rick Warren's writing style. In any given paragraph, he usually says the same thing in fifty different ways, which is great for teaching, but in writing it's very His page count could have been reduced in half just by fixing this.
Second, it is slightly dated, but nothing major. Third, this is a great resource for pastors to have! I heard a lot of bad about this book and about Rick, so I thought I'd read it myself, and I'm very pleasantly su A few things. I heard a lot of bad about this book and about Rick, so I thought I'd read it myself, and I'm very pleasantly surprised. Most of the crap about it was from narrow-minded people who judged him without listening to what he was saying. He makes it clear that you can't do the same thing he did, but he also tells you what he did.
Even if you don't want to switch to seeker-sensitive, which has been demonized just as both Rick and this book have been, there are still valuable things that you can learn in this book, such as church focus and giving announcements. The problem is that your typical pastor already has decided he is right and that he isn't going to change anything, and then is going to blame his shrinking and irrelevant congregation on everything else except his lack of leadership.
But still, this book is worth owning. Jun 04, K. Ides on how your church can become a healthy, effective and growing church on a mission. Un gran libro. Aug 20, Emily Isbell rated it really liked it.
A great how to book for church leaders full of practical insight. Mar 08, Werner rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: All Christian readers. Every Christian believer ought to take seriously the need for the Church to be and do what God designed it to be and do, as the Bible reveals this to us. Tragically, too often we don't care about this --and the condition of our congregations shows it. Warren who is also the author of The Purpose-Driven Life here describes the transformation of the local church he pastors into one in which genuine Christian nurture happens, and through which lost persons are regularly converted to Christ in s Every Christian believer ought to take seriously the need for the Church to be and do what God designed it to be and do, as the Bible reveals this to us.
Warren who is also the author of The Purpose-Driven Life here describes the transformation of the local church he pastors into one in which genuine Christian nurture happens, and through which lost persons are regularly converted to Christ in significant numbers, and explains the principles behind that transformation. Its first step was a long series of weekly Bible studies taking a serious inductive look at the Biblical teaching about the church; and its basic requirement was a willingness to subject every extra-biblical, man-made tradition to a serious analysis of its purpose and effect especially its effect on the congregation's ability to win souls , viewed in the light of the Church's biblical purposes, and a willingness to change those traditions when necessary.
This book is usually associated with the "Church-growth movement," and the label has some value; but labeling can also be counterproductive. Like most movements, this one isn't monolithic Warren, for instance, does not advocate the ethnic homogenity of congregations pushed by the movement's founder in the s, Donald McGauvran.
And people told by their pastors that "the Church-growth movement is a heresy," or similar rot, are apt to react to the label with prejudiced hostility, rather than seriously reading what Warren has to say. His theology, BTW, is solidly orthodox; the book's preface is written by his friend, Southern Baptist fundamentalist W.
Criswell, hardly a rabid liberal. Warren's heart for the lost, and his concern for the nurture and edification of believers, radiates from the book; and it's a very easy read. Serious understanding of its principles would benefit the common life and ministry of every congregation today! Jul 10, Dreamers. I did not understand all the hype about the book so I finally got around to picking it up.
The Purpose-Driven Church is filled with a lot more testimonies and personal examples from Pastor Warren's life. Pastor Warren writes the story of Saddleback, which testifies to the hardships churches face prior to growth.
Although at times Warren focuses on marketing-schemes and number, I must say that one needs to look at Warren's motives. Throughout the book, you can easily tell that Warren's heart is for unbelievers to know Christ.
Their church was built to share the gospel to non-believers, rather than reaching out to Christians from other churches. Overall, this book is a good overview to church growth. I like Pastor Warren's down-to-earth writing voice and his ability to translate theories and complex ideas into "everyday" language.
Jul 25, Maegen rated it did not like it. Watched this plan play out in a church I used to go to.
It's based on consumerism and numbers. The idea is to make church friendly to Non-Christians by making sermons less scary and easier to understand and moving anything uncomfortable or deep to small groups for the long-term believers.
It also covers making the worship more inviting to Non-Believers by trying to upgrade it to a professional level show and being careful not to have any song that might make Non-Believers uncomfortable. These ar Watched this plan play out in a church I used to go to. These are just a couple of examples. At first these ideas sound like a good thing, because after all we want as many people to be saved as posible.
But at the church I went to it felt like Jesus got pushed out the back door. Reading this book makes me want to vomit. Jul 03, Graham Heslop rated it did not like it.
Warren is a possibly unsurpassed in his application of pragmatism and public surveys to the running and shape of the local church. Unfortunately his handle on and use of Scripture is weak, his eagerness to make your church accommodating means vagueness on our message and mission, and his writing is repetitious rather than refined.
There is much to learn from Saddleback and Rick Warren's ministry but - as the author himself often reminds the reader - that isn't the model the emulate or even consi Warren is a possibly unsurpassed in his application of pragmatism and public surveys to the running and shape of the local church.
There is much to learn from Saddleback and Rick Warren's ministry but - as the author himself often reminds the reader - that isn't the model the emulate or even consider when looking to grow the local church; his principles are therefore helpful and many of them should be carefully plied Nov 03, Carter McNeese rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Pastors, Church Lay Leaders, others interested in leadership. I have to admit that I wasn't too pleased when I found out that a group from my church was reading this book.
I had all sorts of bad feelings about Rick Warren and the whole Church Growth and "Seeker-friendly" movement. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Putting an emphasis on creating a healthy community, Warren is able for the most part to avoid the trap of putting style over substance that is a real problem in the early 21st century American Church.
I would definitely recomme I have to admit that I wasn't too pleased when I found out that a group from my church was reading this book. I would definitely recommend this to any pastor or church lay leader that I knew. Its worth checking out at the very least.
This audio version only includes the first five chapters of the book. I've never read the book. The first five chapters were good, but they really didn't leave me with any impression worth noting--although, that in itself is worth noting--and no more desire to read the remaining chapters.
I'm not a Warren hater by any means--some of the things he's said on the Catalyst podcast were great! Jan 21, Tracey Dyck rated it really liked it Shelves: Some great teaching on how to foster a healthy church! Biggest takeaway?