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Hispanic Churches Transformed Across the Nation
While the momentum to bring PD principles to African nations continues, the impact of the movement in our own backyard
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Official National Launch of Purpose Driven in Côte d’Ivoire
After just six trips to Cote d’Ivoire, International Partnering Church (IPC) Palm Valley Church, has formed a steering team, trained
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PD Podcast: Touring For Purpose
In 2016, two of Saddleback’s PD Leaders, Mingo Palacious and Jesse Stedman teamed up to travel the country and build
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One Man’s Dream to Plant Purpose Driven Churches Around the World
With a desire to specialize in helping smaller churches in the international setting, Dave Holden is fulfilling a vision to
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Heritage Church in Michigan Reaches Arabic-Speaking Community
Purpose Driven Pastors in Sterling Heights are building bridges between the English-speaking and Arabic-speaking communities. Continue Reading
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The Brooks Church in LA Reaches People Online
After launching Highlands Fellowship and four international campuses for Saddleback Church, Pastor Jimmie Davidson is using Purpose Driven principles to
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Palm Valley Church in Arizona Partners with Cote d’Ivoire
Palm Valley Church in Goodyear, AZ is a dedicated International Partnering Church (IPC) for Cote d'Ivoire. In the process of
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Destiny Church, Leesburg, Virginia
In 1998, Greg Wigfield was running a successful insurance company but knew God had given him the business for the
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Eastpoint Church Brings Purpose Driven to Botswana
Eastpoint Church Senior Pastor, Kurt Bubna and his IPC team have officially launched the Purpose Driven process in Botswana. Read
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Granite United Church, Salem, New Hampshire
Applying Purpose Driven principles, Pastor Anthony Milas watched God use a dying church to transform the spiritual landscape of New
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Purpose Driven Touches Down On Mauritius
The island of Mauritius is known for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and postcard visions of paradise. Soon it will
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Saddleback Church, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Over 20 years ago, Sebastián Ojeda had a dream of building a church in Buenos Aires. When he was commissioned
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Church of the Nativity, Timonium, Maryland
When Father Michael White arrived at Church of the Nativity, he found the parish lethargic and stagnant. Then he did
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Capital Christian Center Equips Ghana as PD Nation
To help bring PD strategies to African countries, Capital Christian Center (CCC) in Olympia, Washington took on the nation of
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Church @ The Springs, Ocala, Florida
Ron and Teddi Sylvia liquidated their retirement funds and started Church @ The Springs in 1994 with 21 people. Built
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Roman Catholic Church, Krakow, Poland
Lutheran pastor, Chris Nelson brought Purpose Driven Principles to the Roman Catholic Church in Krakow, Poland. Continue Reading
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Saddleback’s Prison Ministry, Lake Forest, California
After discovering the Purpose Driven message, Danny Duchene, a former prison inmate at a California Maximum Security Prison found his
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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, Chicago Illinois
New Seasons Church has become one of the most unique congregations in Chicago, developing from a small African American church
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Rwanda Becomes a Purpose Driven Nation
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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Purpose Driven Churches in Brazil Partner with Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
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, 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, 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, Zimbabwe, Africa
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, Ghana, Africa
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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Purpose Driven 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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Purpose Driven Training, Moscow, Russia
During a recent PEACE trip to Moscow, four members from Saddleback Church met with local pastors representing leaders from 50
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Purpose Driven Training 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, Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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, Gorham, Maine
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, Orland Park, Illinois
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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Ikthus Church, Bacolod City, Philippines
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, Great Recife, Brazil
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, Salisbury, Maryland
Brian Moss had never pastored a church when he took over Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury, Maryland. It had
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