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Purpose Driven Covenants

In a Purpose Driven church, every purpose has its own champion. Typically Purpose Driven churches begin by equipping volunteers to lead and serve on each Purpose-based team. As ministries flourish, they develop into full-time paid positions. But there’s more to it than simply finding a warm body to lead the charge. It’s about finding the right person. At Saddleback Church,
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Saddleback Church hosted over 500 people

In an effort to take the Good News to the last 3,000 unreached tribes, Saddleback hosted over 500 people during the Finishing the Task Conference December 6–8. Now in it’s third consecutive year at the Lake Forest campus, the event brought together a global network of local churches, denominations, church planters, mission agencies, and organizational leaders committed to reaching Unengaged,
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21 international partnering churches launching in Africa

In an effort to take the Good News to the last 3,000 unreached tribes, Saddleback has partnered with international churches to fulfill the Great Commission across the world. After Saddleback committed to equipping Rwanda as a Purpose Driven nation, other churches have stepped forward to install the PEACE Plan and PD in African countries. To date, 21 international partnering churches
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Twelve Characteristics of a Purpose Driven Church

When Saddleback’s Pastor Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Church in 1995, he knew that in order for a church to be healthy, it needed to focus on God’s purposes, not a pastor’s own idea of ministry. Now, after more than two decades, Purpose Driven principles are still bringing focus and direction to a whole new generation of pastors and
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What Does Your Church Value?

Have you ever thought about why you do what you do as a church? Whether you’re aware of it or not, values are a foundational part of every church’s DNA. Being able to articulate a list of values defines the nature of a church culture. Not only do values help define your church’s voice to your community, but they are
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October Meeting for International Partnering Churches

On October 27, the Purpose Driven Team hosted a gathering for International Partnering Churches at Saddleback’s Rancho Capistrano campus. In attendance were 30 PD practitioners from the United States and Canada, currently coaching other churches in PD strategies. Represented were 13 churches from Alberta Canada, California, Arkansas, North Carolina, Washington, Illinois, and Texas. Among them were many who took on
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PD Essentials Conference Recap

From October 11-14, Pastor Rick Warren hosted PD Essentials to share the PD vision, values, principles, and processes on which Saddleback was built. Hosted at Saddleback Lake Forest, over 1,200 people attended to hear the foundations for building a healthy church. According to Pastor Rick, “For a long time, I've been wanting to set aside four days to teach the
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Fields Ready for Harvest

Several months ago, we shared the story of how Chicago’s Parkview Christian Church had been commissioned to launch the Purpose Driven strategy in Malawi. Now, they are seeing the fruit of their labor as the country transforms into a thriving PD nation. According to Archbishop Dr. Mark Kambalazaza, “The Purpose Driven Training is very good because it touches
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Building Saddleback Buenos Aires on Purpose Driven Principles

Over 20 years ago, Sebastián Ojeda had a dream of one day building a church in Buenos Aires. When he was commissioned to plant Saddleback’s first international campus, he was overwhelmed by the mission to launch the campus within five months—a task that would require him to find a building, staff, volunteers, and interested people from the community. He was
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First Circuit of PDC Tour Total Success:
Six weeks, 10 states, 20 churches

September marked completion of the first leg of the PDC Tour—a road trip across the country to host meet-ups and to talk about ministry with church leaders. Behind the wheel were Mingo Palacious, PD Pastor of Evangelism and Culture, and Jesse Stedman, PD/PEACE Global Events Coordinator. Kicking off in early August, their journey took them to 20 churches and
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