The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission
The PurposeDriven Church Growth Without Compromising Your Message Mission Author:Rick Warren Every church is driven by something. Tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a church. But Rick Warren believes that in order for a church to be healthy it must become a purpose-driven church, built around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus. ... more »"The issue is church health, not church growth!" declares Warren. "If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church."
Rick Warren shares a proven five-part strategy that will enable your church to grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, larger through evangelism. The Purpose-Driven Church shifts the focus away from church building programs to emphasizing a people-building process. Warren says, "If you will concentrate on building people, God will build the church."« less
If only I were an elder at my church, let alone a pastor. I really believe that this book is a major blessing to Christianity and that God uses it to build and strengthen congregations and draw people to Himself. The 5 Scripture-based purposes laid out in this book are life changing.