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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Warren Narrator: Rick Warren Publisher: Zondervan Format: Abridged 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 five goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven five-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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 2/18/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/16/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 1/31/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/29/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bro | 1/25/2014

    " Good 101 book after you have repented of your sins and trusted Christ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Hubbard | 1/19/2014

    " Good book...great for ideas and brainstorming "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cimuchowski | 1/17/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 1/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Job Dalomba | 12/26/2013

    " I don't think this book is as bad as most make it out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Almsteadt | 12/16/2013

    " Great book for church planters and visionaries! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Houston | 11/25/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 11/16/2013

    " 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 Drew Van gorder | 11/2/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel Boston | 10/31/2013

    " It's easy to criticize, but a lot of good has been done by Warren and Saddleback. Despite all the shortfalls in this book, there are a number of helpful things to remember as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/15/2013

    " Chapter one - Vision is seeing opportunity in my current circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Bates | 3/20/2013

    " Inspiring how Pastor Rick led a group to discover the purposes for the church themselves and build an annual calendar and pastoral roles around reminding members of these purposes using "creative redundancy". "

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

    " Great concepts - wish he would update it though as this is from 1995 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Wright | 9/18/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 8/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Evangelista | 8/15/2012

    " This book just simplifies what Saddleback Church and Rich Warren has stood for more than 30 plus years. I like the methods presented, it radically applies to small groups and campaigns targeting the body of Christ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen L. | 7/29/2012

    " Don't see what all the fuss was about. It was O.K. It was biblical. It just didn't grab me. I think he is a decent Christian man, full of integrity, and does have some good things to say, but the book just was only o.k. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 5/18/2012

    " 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 Kevin Wonus | 4/27/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Garthegn | 4/25/2012

    " Garbage with a hint of sub-toilet paper "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Kinsfather | 3/8/2012

    " A classic and must read. So many good ideas and practical insights. Warren's compassion and gently nature show on each page. A biblical and compelling ministry philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamshadeen Mayers | 8/28/2011

    " This book really inspired me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Reagan | 8/26/2011

    " Definitely interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 6/29/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 5/16/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 4/6/2011

    " I found this book very basic, not groundbreaking as it was sold to me. Did not agree with a majority of the premise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 3/22/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 3/19/2011

    " Great concepts - wish he would update it though as this is from 1995 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 2/12/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 8/19/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 7/21/2010

    " A classic and must read. So many good ideas and practical insights. Warren's compassion and gently nature show on each page. A biblical and compelling ministry philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/7/2010

    " Amazing and eye opening book. Better than Purpose Driven Life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jody | 7/14/2009

    " This is a pretty good read but you must be aware that what works for one church will not work for every church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/20/2009

    " 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 Linda | 2/17/2009

    " Chapter one - Vision is seeing opportunity in my current circumstances. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 2/14/2009

    " Great book that shows how the church can accomplish so much more if it applies some practical strategies. It's the Good to Great book for a church. "

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About the Author
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.