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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Warren Narrator: Jay Charles Publisher: Zondervan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 2/18/2014

    " It is a pretty good book to learn the basics about how does the blible tell us to drive a church with purpose. It helped me a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Werner | 2/8/2014

    " 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 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 1960s, 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. A. 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Houston | 2/4/2014

    " Several good Biblical truths, mixed with a lot that I don't agree with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thiofhitshithu Rabali | 2/1/2014

    " the church has to have purpose and not just be church for the sake of being a church. a must read for all serious Christians and members who want and pray for their congregations to be what God wants "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/19/2014

    " Just replace the word "church" every time it's used with the word "business" and the majority of this book is a powerful tool for the 'secular' business that is looking for a solid foundation for growth and success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 1/19/2014

    " What are spiritual waves and why should we surf them? How does a pastor equate his personal vision for change in the church with God's own purposes and authority? These and many other manipulative and pragmatic (some moderately helpful) ideas are to be found here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darian G. | 1/19/2014

    " Please spend your time on something that will draw you closer to Christ, the HOly Spirit, and intimacy with the Father. This how too formulaic dribble is what worked for one church at one point in time. It is too reminiscent of a business leadership paint by numbers formula. I am embarrassed I wasted my time. Don't make the same mistake. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/17/2014

    " Purpose drivel.... Pragmatism is the key doctrine of the church growth movement: if it works, do it! Hmm.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 12/23/2013

    " A better book would be a "Jesus/Gospel-driven church" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Van gorder | 12/9/2013

    " This is a good book for coming up with methods and modes of ministry. It helps to flush out ideas and concepts that may have been previously unknown, even to yourself before. Overall a good read but it probably won't blow your socks off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 11/18/2013

    " Warren's philosophy on how to "do church" has influenced more modern congregations than any other book besides the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Wright | 11/17/2013

    " I read this while preparing for a retreat I was leading for a congregation. It is extra-ordinarily well written. Too bad I don't agree with his Baptist theology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Campton | 11/8/2013

    " Enjoyed it when I initially read it, but getting fed up with the "purpose driven" industry, and not totally convinced by the consumerist missiology that lies behind Warren's approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Hackett | 11/1/2013

    " Read this book to use material for a Church Board Retreat. Lots of good ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 8/27/2013

    " Not the most exciting read...but communicates clearly the functions of the church... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamshadeen Mayers | 5/18/2013

    " This book really inspired me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 3/25/2013

    " If you can get past the Christo-centric content, there is really good info here for any religious organization "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah Grmela | 3/24/2013

    " Read for work on how to apply growth to communities- some good foundational advice, but very religious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aronkai | 3/14/2013

    " I read this in Finnish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 1/18/2013

    " I am currently re-reading this in an effort to discover and define the visioning process as well as creating a mission statement for the church I serve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 10/21/2012

    " Teaches leaders how to keep a church vibrant and growing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/9/2012

    " This is an excellent work on the purposes of the church. Nevertheless, I would not accept all of Rick Warren's practices uncritically. The five purpose of the church are excellent though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Garthegn | 5/4/2012

    " Garbage with a hint of sub-toilet paper "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus Tuttle | 4/6/2012

    " The only interesting book on church planning that I have read. Warren manages to pack much depth into the large print and relatively easy read, while still making it fun and keeping your attention. It is also far more intelligent than his "Purpose Driven Life" which I found too elementary to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 2/13/2012

    " A good read related to modern church structure. Good for a lot of what the book touches on, but leaves a lot unsaid of what is God's design for Church structure and mission. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin Wonus | 11/24/2011

    " Read it only if you want to see why bible-believers are chased out of churches by pastors who want larger congregations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cimuchowski | 11/5/2011

    " Good stuff on how to get organized and be productive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Reagan | 10/17/2011

    " Definitely interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamye | 5/24/2011

    " I have read this book numerous times when I needed to be reminded of my purpose :) I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/15/2011

    " the best book ever. its super inspiring and life changing. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 5/14/2011

    " This is a book I loved and read again and again for so many times. Not only Christians, but I'm sure most people have questions about their 'purpose' on earth. This book is an eye opener; I recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haven | 5/13/2011

    " It was fairly simplistic, but was fairly enjoyable when studied with a group...kind of a fad book. The best chapter was "Its Not About Me." I must continually remind myself of this fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khim | 5/12/2011

    " I believe, this book was written to change the life of the reader, it gives answers to every questions you're asking to GOD, telling you your purpose and that is to live for GOD. It clarifies everything. This is really an amazing book. Life-changing! :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 5/10/2011

    " I can see the value of this book. Yet it felt like I was having a whole ideology and theology shoved down my throat. Not a plesent experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stezsen | 5/7/2011

    " tugas lagi.... rada nge skip baca nya eheheh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 5/6/2011

    " The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, is an awesome book. Everyone should read this book. Sooo good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 5/4/2011

    " It really gets a person to thinking about how special they are to God and how he created each of us and gave us gifts and talents to fulfill a certain purpose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/30/2011

    " I didn't expect to like this book but it turned out to be an inspiring read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anis | 4/27/2011

    " A must read book for any one who want to know the answer of the question written in the book titke "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Norah | 4/27/2011

    " I just don't like the word 'driven' in relation to my purpose in life or my relationship with God. I read this book in a Presbyterian home group, and it has had the effect of turning me away completely from evangelical christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nianhia | 4/26/2011

    " It's Amazing. Mr.Warren, you just blow me out with the truth, God is speaks through you, through your book. Im blessed. Im transform.

    I'll dedicated this book to those who need the truth, those who hunger for love, those who lost their purpose and joy of living. "

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Author Rick Warren

Richard Duane “Rick” Warren is an American evangelical Christian pastor, author, and philanthropist. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California. He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life.