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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.
©1996 Rick Warren (P)1996 The Zondervan Corporation

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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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  • Stuart
  • 09-11-2003

Church leadership 101

This book is a must read for anyone in church ministry and those who aspire to being a leader. Rick's comments are both motivational and highly practical. Once started I could not stop listening. My plan now is to apply his common sense principles to make my Church purpose driven for God. Thank you Rick for a great book.

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  • Cheryl Gordon
  • 08-10-2016

A Great Message From A Humble Servant of God!

I loved this book and everything it brings forward. I just wish the whole book was in the Audible version. If I didn't already own the actual written version of the book, I would have been a bit disappointed that the entire book with the details of the preparation for the Purpose Driven Church is not present in the Audible version I obtained. Other than that, I am very pleased and motivated to present this great message to my Pastor and begin preparing our congregation for their new roles as ministers as well as members of the Kingdom! God Bless you, Pastor Rick!

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  • Walter Castro
  • 26-02-2013

Horrible experience

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"A connection with the server could not be established" error message popped up every time I tried to download and run this file. Did not work for my smartphone nor for my windows media player :( #FRUSTRATED

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No more audio books for me :(

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