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Orchard Community Church, Gorham, Maine
Gary Groves didn’t know much about planting a church, but having become a believer at Saddleback Church, he did know
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Transformation Church, Indian Land, South Carolina
Derwin Gray used to be known as a linebacker in the NFL. These days, he’s better known as the “Evangelism
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Dunedin City Baptist Church, New Zealand
In its long history, Dunedin City Baptist Church in New Zealand has seen programs, pastors, and people come and go.
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Mars Hill Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois
Clarence Stowers, Jr. inherited a traditional baptist church in 1999 that had plateaued. But opportunity came, disguised as a seemingly
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Integrity Church, Burlington, North Carolina
In 1997, Integrity Church began as a Purpose Driven Church with the tagline, “Real People. Real Church.” Recognized as a
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New Seasons Church, San Diego, California
New Seasons Church has become one of the most unique congregations in San Diego County, developing from a small African
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Rwanda, Africa
In 2003, Rwandan President, Paul Kagame read The Purpose Driven Life. Nine years had passed since the genocide took the
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Church Unlimited, Corpus Christi, Texas
Bil Cornelius had a big vision when he planted Church Unlimited 20 years ago. It’s the same vision that’s moving
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Calvary Fellowship, Miramar, Florida
When Bob Franquiz left his position as director of a bible college in Fort Lauderdale, he was venturing into unknown
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Parkway Church, Victoria, Texas
Mike Hurt, pastor of Parkway Church in Victoria Texas, helped build a PD megachurch by focusing on his passion for
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Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee
At Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, hope is not a strategy, it’s part of their Purpose Driven DNA.
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Harvest Church, Warner Robins, Georgia
Fifteen years ago, Jim and Jen Cowart launched Harvest Church using the Purpose Driven model, and a vision to be
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Parkway Fellowship Church, Katy Texas
With a vision to start a Purpose Driven Church in Texas, Pastor Mike McGown of Parkway Fellowship Church launched what
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Vastago Church in Mexicali
When Kelly Walter attended his first PD Conference in 1993, he knew he’d found the way to grow a healthy
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Rock Brook Church, Belton, Missouri
When Kelly Walter attended his first PD Conference in 1993, he knew he’d found the way to grow a healthy
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Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Once a church in decline, Bethlehem Lutheran Church is now a thriving Purpose Driven Church with 3,500 members. Bethlehem Lutheran
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Urban D Rebuilding Lives In Tampa, Florida
Hip-hop artist and Pastor, Tommy Kyllonen built an urban, Purpose Driven Church to reach all cultures and generations. As a
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Capital Christian Church, Olympia, Washington
Under Senior Pastor Dave Minton, Capital Christian Church is installing Purpose Driven strategies in Ghana. After Saddleback Church committed to
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PD Churches in Brazil Partner with Anti-Human Trafficking
As spectators celebrated the 2016 Olympics in Rio, injustice was alive and thriving as traffickers sold girls on the streets.
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Celebration Church in Austin, Texas
Pastor Joe Champion turned down a football career after a life-transforming experience with God led him into full-time ministry. While
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Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego, California
In 2013, Terry Wayne Brooks stepped into a pastoral role at San Diego’s Bayview Baptist Church. Replacing a living legend
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Faith Ministries in Zimbabwe
In 1992, Ngwiza Mnkandla, Bishop of Faith Ministries in Zimbabwe, was tasked with the challenge of overseeing 10,000 church plants
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Full Gospel Church International in Ghana
Bishop Samuel Mensah, President of Full Gospel Church International in Ghana, attended a PD Conference in Rwanda in 2016. It
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Anglican Bishop Sospeter Ndenza, Tanzania
Tanzania’s Anglican Bishop Sospeter Ndenza traveled to a PD conference in search of hope. Learn how he is using PD
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PD Children’s Ministry
Saddleback Kids proved you’re never too young to be Purpose Driven. Nearly 100 team members crossed the border to equip
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PD Training in Moscow
During a recent PEACE trip to Moscow, four members from Saddleback Church met with local pastors representing leaders from 50
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PDC in South Sudan
Ten years ago, Ken Smith embarked on a journey to visit and evaluate churches in Cairo, Egypt. Instead, he encountered
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Faith Community Church
Years ago, Faith Community Church in Massachusetts almost closed its doors. With a stable but stagnant weekly attendance of 500
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Orchard Community Church
As an ambassador for the Purpose Driven paradigm, Pastor Gary Groves of Orchard Community Church in Maine says the five
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Parkview Christian Church
Two years ago, Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park Illinois was commissioned to become the first non-Saddleback Church to serve
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Bacolod City
As Senior Pastor of Ikthus Church in Bacolod City, Philippines, Jose Ma T. Ascalon recalls the days before he was
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Church of the Holy Spirit
In 2006, Anglican Bishop Miguel Uchoa was one of a small group of people that founded Church of the Holy
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Oak Ridge Baptist Church
Brian Moss had never pastored a church when he took over Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury, Maryland. It had
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