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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

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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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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

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

Any additional comments?

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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Inspiring

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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  • 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