Saddleback Church’s Pastor Dave Holden offers this 20 minute overview of the Purpose Driven Church paradigm. It’s biblical, transferrable, and doable wherever you’re doing ministry. He starts with the goal of producing disciples and moves into how disciples are made in a purpose driven church.Continue Reading
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The first step to get a church to grow again, to get a declining church to grow, or to get a growing church to grow more, is to redefine your purpose. Go back and rediscover the original vision of the church and say, “Why are we doing what we’re doing?” Growing churches have a clear-cut identity. They’re precise in their purpose. They have an understanding of the reason they exist. They know exactly what God has called them to do.
However, if you ask the typical church, “What is the purpose of your church?” you’ll get a lot of different answers if you ask different members.
Church Growth Expert Win Arn once did this. He went out and interviewed about 10,000 members of all kinds of churches in America, nearly 1,000 churches. He said, “What is the purpose of your church?” When he came back, he tabulated the results. Eighty-nine percent of the members said, “The purpose of the church is to take care of me, my family and the other members.” Eleven percent of the typical “church said, “The purpose of the church is to fulfill the Great Commission, win the…Continue Reading
As a young pastor I can remember the feeling of expectancy when I took the pulpit of my church for the first time. I had graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree and had been awarded the school’s top preaching award. I thought I was ready to take on the world through the ministry of my small town church.
Two years later, the church was still stuck in the mud. My inexperience as a preacher was taking a toll on the church and me as well.
Nothing is more personal to a pastor than his preaching. When we are criticized for our messages, it penetrates all the way to the heart. I can remember the jabs I received from some of the old-timers who were still in mourning over the loss of the former pastor. It hurt.
I began to pray for God to help me learn to lead my church, and I received a postcard in the mail two weeks later that I have come to believe was God’s answer to me. It was an invitation to the first Purpose Driven seminar offered in Southern California.
Toward the end…Continue Reading