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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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