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High Pressure PreachingPreaching to people who aren’t accustomed to church isn’t like preaching to a well-churched community. Too many preachers say they want to reach people who are far from God, but they don’t adjust their preaching style to impact the spiritually lost.

One change in your preaching style to consider is how you ask for a commitment. I believe it’s essential that every gospel preacher ask his listeners to make a commitment. Jesus did it. Paul did it. Faithful preachers throughout the ages have done it.

But an effective invitation to make a commitment to Christ isn’t a high-pressure pitch. I’ve found that pressure is actually counter-productive. It becomes a battle of the wills. It often simply hardens the heart of the listener. That’s the last thing you want!

If the fruit is ripe, you don’t have to yank it. People who listen to God’s Word on a regular basis will commit to Him and His ways. It’s just a matter of time until the Holy Spirit draws the person to the Lord. Evangelism is usually a process of repeated exposures to the Good News.

In fact, we tell people at Saddleback to take…

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What On Earth Am I Here For?We’re showing you this letter from Rick to the Saddleback Staff for a couple of reasons.

First, it is reflective of the way Rick communicates to the staff.

  • He says things in a positive way and conveys his own sense of excitement about the things that are happening at the church.
  • He gives tangible examples that show success, and then he affirms the staff.
  • He also talks about the ‘this is next’ plans, helping to building enthusiasm for what comes next. He wants to avoid a let down after the hard work of a successful plan.

Second, he’s already talking about Easter, helping the staff to prepare for a high attendance Weekend.

Third, he talks about Saddleback’s new campaign, “LIVE YOUR CALLING: What On Earth Am I Here For?” This campaign has been reimagined for a new generation and offers a discipleship tool proven to be effective in any church, regardless of size.

What’s happening on the Weekends for the next 10weeks — up to Easter

Dear Staff,

I hope you sense the air of excitement and growth our church has entered into. Last we had 24,500 at services!!!! FOUR of…

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Rest of Your Life

On Sunday, January 6th, Pastor Rick delivered a sermon to prepare the Saddleback church community for the upcoming campaign What On Earth Am I Here For?. If your church is starting the campaign on the National launch day of February 3rd, we thought you could use this sermon to prepare your members and start to talk about forming small groups. We are offering this download free, and we will offer next week’s sermon for free as well.

Thousands of churches will be taking part in What On Earth Am I Here For? and we can’t wait to hear about how it affects your church. Please make sure to email us with testimonies or any questions at info@saddlebackresources.com.

Getting Ready For The Rest Of Your Life by Rick Warren

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What On Earth Am I Here For?As you most likely know, The Purpose Driven Life is ten years old, and with its tenth anniversary, Saddleback Church and thousands of others will be launching a new spiritual growth campaign in the first quarter of 2013 called What On Earth Am I Here For? We’re putting together a crack team, a volunteer army, a special forces initiative… sorry, got a bit dramatic. We’re looking for Pastors and leaders who will be leading the campaign who are willing to blog the journey on pastors.com.

We’d like to see stories each week about…

  • How you are preparing for the campaign.
  • How you are recruiting hosts and launching new small groups.
  • What you’re preaching in January to prepare for the campaign.
  • How you’re promoting the series.
  • How lives are being changed – stories each week of people who are discovering God’s purposes for their lives.
  • How your church and its people are growing as a result of the campaign.

If you’ll be blogging about these things and would allow us to syndicate your posts here on pastors.com or if you’d like to write for us,…

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New Purpose Driven Life

The most basic question everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for putting us on earth.

The Purpose-Driven Life takes the groundbreaking message of the award-winning Purpose-Driven Church and goes deeper, applying it to the lifestyle of individual Christians. This book helps readers understand God’s incredible plan for their lives. Warren enables them to see the big picture of what life is all about and begin to live the life God created them to live.

The Purpose-Driven Life is a manifesto for Christian living in the 21st century…a lifestyle based on eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using biblical stories and letting the Bible speak for itself, Warren clearly explains God’s five purposes for each of us:

  • We were planned for God’s pleasure
    • so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
  • We were formed for God’s family

What On Earth Am I Here For?

Recently a 22-year-old named Mark connected with me through social media and asked, “How do I know what my purpose in life is?” As we chatted, I learned that his parents had read The Purpose Driven Life, but he had not read it, since he was only 12 years old when it was published.

Every new generation must rediscover God’s purpose for themselves, and as a church body.

This is why I have expanded The Purpose Driven Life with 2 new chapters, and created an all new Church-wide Campaign called What On Earth Am I Here For? that will answer this fundamental question of life’s meaning.

I am always praying that your Church would grow in the incredible sense of joy that comes from discovering what God put us on this planet to do. In this six week Campaign, your Church will experience:

  • Explonential growth in your Small Groups and attendance. Average of 28% GROWTH!
  • New discoveries of purpose within your Church body
  • Renewed energy for the five purposes – Worship, Fellowship, Evangelism, Ministry, and Mission

10 years ago, over 30,000 Churches…

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What On Earth Am I Here For?

The Church-Wide Campaign

10 years ago, Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life which became the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. PDL has inspired and changed tens of millions of lives… more than any modern book.

NOW, Rick has updated and expanded the book with new chapters on the greatest barriers to living your purpose, plus 42 video introductions to each chapter theme, and 42 additional audio messages that go deeper into each chapter.

He has also created a new small group curriculum and new sermon series for pastors, and new follow-up events to conserve the evangelistic and discipleship results you will experience.

In the original 40 Days of Purpose campaign, churches averaged 28% growth in attendance, and over 100% growth in small group Bible study!  People WANT to know their purpose in life!

“What On Earth Am I Here For?”  will enable a new generation in your church to discover God’s purposes for their lives and empower your church with a fresh new wind of hope, joy, and…

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