At 38 years of age, Junior Rostirola has every reason to be bitter about his past. Instead, he’s using his childhood of trauma to fight for families, change lives, and build the fastest growing church in Brazil.
Four years ago, Pastor Marcus Jones planted an inner city church in a fertile field where no one else was growing fruit. He leaned on methods from The Purpose Driven Church and today is reaping the harvest.
Early in his ministry, Pastor Allan Greer implemented the Purpose Driven (PD) model at Parkway Baptist. But it wasn’t until attending PEACE Training at Saddleback’s Retreat Center that he caught the vision for impacting the entire nation of Zambia.
Impact Church in Scottsdale, Arizona—made up of professional athletes—probably has some of the healthiest members in the nation. What sets this Purpose Driven Church apart is that it’s equally focused on spiritual health by balancing all five purposes.
As an only child, David grew up traveling with his parents in vocational evangelistic work. By the time he was 20, he had visited more than 600 churches—most of which he considered unhealthy. When Rock Spring Church invited David to be their pastor, he was determined to turn things around with the five purposes.
Four years ago, Father John Rossi was commissioned by his bishop to serve as director of Catholic identity at Paul VI High School in Camden County, New Jersey. Now he’s teaching religion and helping students grow their Catholic Christian faith—and he’s relying on the five purposes every step of the way.
Bob Hicks wanted to be an airline pilot, transporting people from one place to another. When a pastor challenged him to instead transport souls into eternity, he saw it as an opportunity with unparalleled impact. That’s when Pastor Bob relied on The Purpose Driven Church.
At 33 years of age, Pastor Stacy Spencer planted New Direction Christian Church, by drawing on advice from The Purpose Driven Church to meet the needs of the community. Today the church has over 22,000 members with campuses in Mississippi and South Africa. And that’s just the beginning.
Pastor Scott Weatherford is an expert when it comes to planting new churches and revitalizing existing ones. Through it all he’s used the Purpose Driven model to get churches off the ground, keep them growing, or bring them back to life. Now, he’s leaning on his own advice for this next chapter in ministry.
After nearly 21 years as Senior Pastor of Rock Brook Church, Pastor Kelly Walter passes the baton to the next generation of leaders.
Pastor Abigail Shafta or The People’s Church has faced challenges head-on, each one ending in a mighty miracle. Now, tackling church health is next in line.
Three years ago, Pastor Ben McClary launched a Purpose Driven Church in a small town outside of Boise. You’ll never believe what God is doing.
Pastor Vadim shares honest challenges in ministry and how the Purpose Driven Church helped him rise above them.
In 1998, Greg Wigfield was running a successful insurance company but knew God had given him the business for the purpose of ministry. After reading The Purpose Driven Church Greg planted Destiny Church. Find out how Pastor Greg is still using his business skills to grow the Kingdom.
Applying Purpose Driven principles, Pastor Anthony Milas watched God use a dying church to transform the spiritual landscape of New England.
When Father Michael White arrived at Church of the Nativity, he found the parish lethargic and stagnant. Then he did something unheard of in the Catholic Church—he began to study healthy, evangelical churches. Along the way, he discovered the Purpose Driven Church.
Ron and Teddi Sylvia liquidated their retirement funds and started Church @ The Springs in 1994 with 21 people. Built on PD principles, today they have over 3,000 members and multiple campuses.
Gary Groves didn’t know much about planting a church, but having become a believer at Saddleback Church, he did know about becoming Purpose Driven. Find out how he used PD to help launch Orchard Community Church.
Derwin Gray used to be known as a linebacker in the NFL. These days, he’s better known as the “Evangelism Linebacker,” building a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and missional church.
In its long history, Dunedin City Baptist Church in New Zealand has seen programs, pastors, and people come and go. When Pastor Trevor Geddes came on staff in 1985, he wanted to be a church that reached the lost and built disciples. Find out out PD helped fulfill that vision.
Clarence Stowers, Jr. inherited a traditional baptist church in 1999 that had plateaued. But opportunity came, disguised as a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to make Mars Hill Baptist Church one of the fastest growing churches in the midwest.
In 1997, Integrity Church began as a Purpose Driven Church with the tagline, “Real People. Real Church.” Recognized as a growing and innovative church, today they credit PD as the big piece of what God has used to sustain them.
New Seasons Church has become one of the most unique congregations in Chicago, developing from a small African American church into a thriving congregation in many locations.
Bil Cornelius had a big vision when he planted Church Unlimited 20 years ago. It’s the same vision that’s moving the church forward today.
When Bob Franquiz left his position as director of a bible college in Fort Lauderdale, he was venturing into unknown territory to follow God’s calling. His vision was to build a church that would teach the Bible in relevant and creative ways.
Mike Hurt, pastor of Parkway Church in Victoria Texas, helped build a PD megachurch by focusing on his passion for biblical community and PD principles.
At Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, hope is not a strategy, it’s part of their Purpose Driven DNA.
Fifteen years ago, Jim and Jen Cowart launched Harvest Church using the Purpose Driven model, and a vision to be intentional about reaching the un-churched.
With a vision to start a Purpose Driven Church in Texas, Pastor Mike McGown of Parkway Fellowship Church launched what is now one of the fastest-growing churches in America.
When Kelly Walter attended his first PD Conference in 1993, he knew he’d found the way to grow a healthy church and stay motivated in ministry.