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This is What I was Made to Do — By Pastor Kurt Bubna, Eastpoint Church
When Pastor Kurt Bubna of Eastpoint Church first visited Botswana, he knew it would become part of his God-given destiny.
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Purpose Driven From Arkansas to Zambia
When Allan Greer committed to pastoring Parkway Place Baptist Church in 1996, he made sure that building relationships were a
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Episode 55: Workplace Evangelism And Not Being Creepy
As Saddleback Director of Marketplace Ministry, Julie Chung leads a workplace ministry that strategizes ways for people to be more
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Episode 54: The Definitive Conversation On Internships
Lisa unpacks her core beliefs in leading a great internship program. If you have volunteers in proximity to your efforts
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Episode 53: Environments Speak. What Does Yours Say?
Rommel is Saddleback’s Pastor of Campus Experience. His expertise serves hundreds of thousands of guests each year. He points out
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Capital Christian Brings Local PEACE to Ghana
In 2016 Capital Christian Church (CCC) in Olympia, Washington stepped up to partner with Ghana to install the PEACE Plan.
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Episode 52: 5 Things 20 Years Of Leadership Teaches You
Steve talks through 20 years of lessons learned while being the Small Groups Pastor at Saddleback Church. He addresses the
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Episode 51: Blowing Snow With A Masters Degree: Leading Young
Character comes with time, and Rich recalls ways he was trusted as a young leader, and how he navigated seemingly
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Center Church, San Diego, California
Four years ago, Pastor Marcus Jones planted an inner city church in a fertile field where no one else was
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Bangladesh Evangelical Revival Church
After reading The Purpose Driven Church, Pastor Baroi felt a calling to plant churches. Six years later, he’s planted 35
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A Volunteer’s Commitment to PD Reaches Sri Lanka, Zambia, Russia, and..
Saddleback volunteer, Dean Hansen has a heart and passion for the Purpose Driven (PD) Church that started in 2016. After
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Episode 50: 10 Minutes On Diversity And Direction
In this quick conversation, we hear how diversity develops hope, how the next generation is shaping multi-ethnic ministry, and what
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Episode 49: Focus On What’s Within Reach
From young to old, each of us are responsible for what God’s placed in front of us. Chris unpacks how
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Episode 48: You Are Not Those People’s Pastor — Succession Lessons
Succession is one of the greatest conversations NOT happening in the church today. Pastor Shawn gives us a look into
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Episode 47: Leading Through Organizational Shift
Serving on staff as a millennial for nearly a decade in the same church isn’t a combo you hear too
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Episode 46: Church: A Real Place For Real People
Join Pastor Glenn Bone of Good Seed Ministries in Chicago and Pastor Rick Long of Grace Church in Arvada, Colorado,
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Episode 45: How To Personally Respond When Disaster Strikes
Daniel Fusco gives us a practical approach to how to respond as leaders when we see people hurting near and
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Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley, Washington
Pastor Kurt Bubna of Spokane Valley’s Eastpoint Church learned many lessons the hard way. Yet a major pivot in church
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Parkway Place Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Early in his ministry, Pastor Allan Greer implemented the Purpose Driven (PD) model at Parkway Baptist. But it wasn’t until
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Christian Missionary Alliance in Erbil, Iraq
Pastor Malath Baythoon knows the true meaning of being a good shepherd. In 2014, members of his 200-person congregation were
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Episode 43: Harnessing The Potential Of An Online Campus
What assumptions have we held onto that 100 streaming churches have proven wrong? Jay details the potential that is stored
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Episode 42: Developing A Healthy Worship Culture
John outlines the 7 core principles he uses to shape the 20+ Saddleback worship teams towards success. With a focus
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Episode 41: When Position Hinders Potential
Danielle details how a heart for the emerging generation took her from volunteer youth worker to executive pastor at Capital
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Episode 40: The Unintended Consequences Of Success – Pt. 2
Charles reminds us that the people who are in the best position to bring about change and innovation in an
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Episode 39: The Unintended Consequences Of Success – Pt. 1
Charles takes us on his journey of wisdom, in which he deeply believes it’s our job to make the people
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Impact Church in Scottsdale, Arizona
Impact Church in Scottsdale, Arizona—made up of professional athletes—probably has some of the healthiest members in the nation. What sets
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Sonrise Church in Hillsboro, Oregon
Hillsboro, Oregon is home to high-tech companies like Intel, landing it the nickname of Silicon Forest. Deep within this “forest”
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Rock Springs Church in Cortez, Colorado
As an only child, David grew up traveling with his parents in vocational evangelistic work. By the time he was
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Paul VI High School, Camden County, New Jersey
Four years ago, Father John Rossi was commissioned by his bishop to serve as director of Catholic identity at Paul
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Staying the Course with Finishing The Task
Finishing the Task brings together like-minded leaders and pastors to reach the remaining Unengaged, Unreached People Groups of the world.
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North Madison Christian Church, Madison, Indiana
Bob Hicks wanted to be an airline pilot, transporting people from one place to another. When a pastor challenged him
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New Direction Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee
At 33 years of age, Pastor Stacy Spencer planted New Direction Christian Church, by drawing on advice from The Purpose
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First Baptist Church, Wimberley, Texas
Pastor Scott Weatherford is an expert when it comes to planting new churches and revitalizing existing ones. Through it all
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Rock Brook Church, Belton, Missouri
After nearly 21 years as Senior Pastor of Rock Brook Church, Pastor Kelly Walter passes the baton to the next
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The People’s Church, Sri Lanka
Pastor Abigail Shafta or The People’s Church has faced challenges head-on, each one ending in a mighty miracle. Now, tackling
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Orchard Christian Church, Emmett, Idaho
Three years ago, Pastor Ben McClary launched a Purpose Driven Church in a small town outside of Boise. You'll never
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Spring of Life Ukrainian Church, Orangevale, CA
Pastor Vadim shares honest challenges in ministry and how the Purpose Driven Church helped him rise above them. Continue Reading
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PD and PEACE Spread Across Russia
Churches in Zelenograd and St. Petersburg Unite Through the Purpose Driven Movement Continue Reading
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Surge in Missions at Palm Valley Church
Purpose Driven Church takes missions from 8 members to 500 in four years Continue Reading
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PD Across Mexico Inspires Launch of Saddleback Puebla
When Saddleback’s Hector and Rebecca Tamez brought PD/PEACE to Mexico, they never imagined it would grow across 10 states and
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Highlands Fellowship Church Launches PD in Tanzania
For nearly a decade, Highlands Fellowship in Virginia was involved in missions in Tanzania. When they were asked to become
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India and Cambodia Transformed
Nearly two decades ago, Pastor Kim Ryan started a Purpose Driven Church in Lynden, Washington. When God came to him
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Oak Ridge Baptist Brings PD to Benin, Togo, and Macedonia
Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Salisbury, Maryland is known as a forward thinking, mission-minded church. In less than a year,
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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
In 2015, Senior Pastor Manuel Carrillo of Vastago Church in Mexicali, agreed to host church leaders for the first PD
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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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