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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.
©1999 Rick Warren (P)1999 Zondervan

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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

Disappointed

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.

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The Purpose Driven Church.

loved it . The narrator did a good job. Am listening to it again. Thanks

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amazing!!

I wish I would have read this book when I first started pastoring! Every Pastor should read this from the beginning.

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Love this book

Such a great example of what it means to live with vision and to do it at a high level.

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Want to build a church?

This book is full of great resources and arguments for how and what to build in a great, purpose-driven church.

The performance is also pleasing, and the narrative lends itself well to audio. Except that I want to take notes every 5 minutes!

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Amazing, it was amazing

What a wonderful experience I felt when I listen the audio of The purpose -driven Church. I have recognized the guidance of the Holy Spirit during the time that I have been serving as an elder. I recommend reading, as I've felt different after just simply hearing the message.

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Well explained.

The pastor will take you step by step through the bible) to discover the purpose of the church.

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Great resource

Great resource for every pastor and Christian wishing to build the church and make a difference in advancing God's kingdom.

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Very helpful. Well explained.

Rick cleared up points of confusion about the way his church is organized. Thanks, Rick

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A must read

A great book to everyone especially those who think of starting a church in a new place. It's like a bible for the church fundamentals!

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  • Adam
  • 10-18-07

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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  • Ben
  • 05-16-16

Great book!

This is a brilliant book for church leaders. its now quite old and I wonder how many of the statistics are still correct but great non the less