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The Purpose-Driven Church | [Rick Warren]

The Purpose-Driven Church

Every church is driven by some controlling force: tradition, finances, programs, events, personalities, or even the building itself. But author and pastor Dr. Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, believes that a church can only be truly healthy if it becomes "purpose-driven," built around the 5 goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven 5-part strategy that will enable your church to become warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. By shifting the focus away from church-building programs, Dr. Warren emphasizes a people-building, inclusive process that will allow your church to grow without compromising its message and mission.
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Every church is driven by some controlling force: tradition, finances, programs, events, personalities, or even the building itself. But author and pastor Dr. Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, believes that a church can only be truly healthy if it becomes "purpose-driven," built around the 5 goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven 5-part strategy that will enable your church to become warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. By shifting the focus away from church-building programs, Dr. Warren emphasizes a people-building, inclusive process that will allow your church to grow without compromising its message and mission.

© and (P)1999 Rick Warren

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"Rick Warren is a master at communicating God's truth and understanding culture. Listen and learn from him!" (Leith Anderson, Pastor, Wooddale Church)

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    Frans Cape Town 06-06-07
    Frans Cape Town 06-06-07
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    It is a pity that this wonderful book is not read by the author. Jay Charles is a good narrator, but he is unable to provide the inflections and convey the intended message as well as the author. I recommend the short version of the audiobook for this reasons.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bill WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS, United States 08-11-13
    Bill WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS, United States 08-11-13
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    "Must Read!"
    Where does The Purpose-Driven Church rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All Rick Warren Books are GREAT!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Purpose-Driven Church?

    Being able to relate to what is wrong with many churches today.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Charles – was your favorite?

    All


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a real eye opener.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for any christian that is wondering why his or her church is not growing or is dying.

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    Robert sturgis, MI, United States 06-25-13
    Robert sturgis, MI, United States 06-25-13
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    "a must-read for any church leader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Purpose-Driven Church to be better than the print version?

    I like using both at the same time


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it would be impossible for me to listen to all of it at once. there's far too much information to process all at once


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    this book is so good all the leaders in my church are reading it now and I'm reading it for the second time.

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    Amazon Customer Trnava, Slovakia 08-28-12
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    Would you listen to The Purpose-Driven Church again? Why?

    I would listen this book again due to full of value added ideas applicable for every church small or big, new or even old.


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    10/18/07
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    "Inspiring and Practical"

    It's taken me a long time to realise I could be listening to *Christian* books in the car, rather than secular stuff. The Purpose-Driven Church was my first experiment, and it was a great success. The book has inspired me and motivated me, and provided a wealth of ideas to try in our church.

    I think the great value is that Dr Warren de-emphasises 'programmes' and 'techniques' in favour of methods of understanding the needs of a community, and then constructing appropriate, purpose-driven ministries to meet those needs and win people for Christ. While some of the suggestions and examples are perhaps a little American, the principles are clear and universal, as they are rooted in Scripture.

    The reading was also excellent; clear and easy to listen to, and worked well with the text. I strongly recommend this to anyone involved in a new church or a church which is changing (or needs to change!).

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