The Purpose Driven Church: A Lenten Study
Rick Warren is pastor of Saddleback Ministries and the author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life. Pastor Warren wrote his books to guide the reader towards significant ways to bring about change in a Church’s life without compromising its message or mission.
Saddleback was started when Warren and his family packed what little they owned and moved from Texas to southern California. God led Rick and his wife, Kay, to Saddleback Valley and the amazing adventure began. The first members of the Church were the Real Estate agent’s family, and they never looked back. The first Easter service was held April 6, 1980 with 205 people. For many years, the community met without a permanent building. After 15 years, the Church grew to 10,000 attenders. Today, the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is one of American’s largest congregations.
This book has a lot to teach us about Church Growth. Reading this book together, we will discover a five part strategy for Church Growth:
• Warmer through fellowship
• Deeper through Discipleship
• Stronger through worship
• Broader through ministry
• Larger through evangelism
Each week, St. James will look at one question that comes directly from the book. We will read the book in Church House Groups or as individuals over the five weeks of Lent and Holy Week. Once the study is complete, we will gather as a large group to discuss our learnings and share them with the congregation. The book costs $20 and anyone is welcome. Contact the office at 888-3489 for further details.
Interested people are to meet at the parish Hall, Tuesday, February 16 after/during the Pancake supper for the complete information and to create the study groups.
The question I would ask you to consider for week 1, based on Part One to page 47:
"What are the myths about Church Growth that apply to St. James?"
Add your thoughts here for the other groups, or interested parishioners, to comment on, and develop a conversation.