The Purpose-Driven Church

Narrated by: Jay Charles
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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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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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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wow! A must read for every church

The wisdom in this book is unparalleled. it has reshaped the way I think about Church. I recommend this for every church leader who wishes to follow the mandate of Christ for the church.

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Fantastic book for church development

This book provides clear direction, examples and motivation to grow your church from within. Great, philosophy to move congregation of members to Evangelist according to God's purpose for the church.
I have this but in different formats. Thank you.

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Still the best book on church leadership

Pastor Rick Warren's 1995 book on church leadership is still the best of the genre, despite it becoming dated. The #1 takeaway for church leaders is Rick's discipline and systematic thinking about all aspects of church leadership, governance, programming, and strategy. Even if you don't adopt Rick's tactics, you'll gain from applying rigorous, strategic thinking and continuous improvement to every corner of church life.

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A insight on church

I learned a lot about what should be going on in my church, and how I can help effect change. What had a great impact on me was, not the ideas oh, but how they were implemented. a must-read for anyone who wants to give more, and get more out of church

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Great detail on building a church with Purpose

Really enjoyed the process and details Rick laid out in this book. Great examples in how to when it comes to your own church.

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Excellent

I completely Loved it! A must have for anyone starting a church today. Very inspiring.

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This book is simply eternal!

This book is loaded. It has become my second favorite book of all time, next to my bible and I believe it should be the same for every minister... every!

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Well worth your time to invest in this book.

This book points out the obvious things we miss in day to day ministry as well as some things that I have never considered.

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  • Adam Oellermann
  • 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