• your church grow & health are lmpartful. thanks

  • Ahoame Ray

    I have been blessed by your “Purpose Driven Church ” book. Sir, how to I get ur permission to use the book in my Bible school project?

  • Teremoana

    Hi!
    Pastor Rick, I have been give a book that you wrote ( the purpose driven life) from a friend. I’ve never bother to look at for about nearly a year it has been on the shelf, in the draws just never bother to read it till about 6 months ago I happen to pick it up and sat down with a cuppa and read it. I’ve never felt so bless with this book I did find a lot of myself in it. Your teachings hit the heart of a person.
    I find that you have another book The purpose Driven Church.
    I’d love to have one.
    Thank you.

  • Gloria Mokungah

    I am blessed by your teachings.thy have helped me grow as a leader.i thank God for coming across your site.Thank you

  • BENARD OMENTA

    this a powerfully anointed teaching. please send me this material. and many more

  • Glenn McReynolds

    Totally bogus. I’m sorry but unhealthy churches grow. Unhealthy businesses, corporations and organizations can grow and do grow. Denying that is denying reality. I guess a booming Walmart is the pinnacle of emotional and spiritual health, eh? But then who really cares about what is actually true. The most important thing is convincing others what I need to be true.

    • Nathan Dixon

      I think you missed the point Glenn. Rick is emphasizing “focus”, i.e. the focus should be on church health and not church growth. Too many just want to grow for growth’s sake without taking into consideration if the church is truly fulfilling it’s Biblical purpose and mandate. Centering on the health of the Church will help to ensure this reality.

  • Ability Samas Emmanuel

    I am so excited of your teachings brother. Right now I am taking my theological studies and I would like to be studying what you have from the Lord, but —– can you help me on that ? Jesus called me to start or plant churches. I have planted few and they are weak or not health. Please help train me.

  • Mpimuye Juvenal

    I would like to ask you to visit our large evangelical ground in Rwanda with a team minister to train, make seminars to, the pastors. and I need direct contact with you,better face to face when you will visit our and your country Rwanda in July,2016 thanks

  • Mpimuye Juvenal

    it is wonderful i get the orientation to administer the ministry forward ,basing on the five dimensions of a healthy church, they shall help me in the journey of accomplishing my task of my ministry called Jesus’s great commission ministry

  • Randy McAllister

    Rick: we’ve left out #6. Church discipline, in the spirit and context of Matt. 18:15-17. This is for Restoration.

    I squirm at the thought because working with people is so messy. Corinthians days some of “us” are weak and dying because of sin…

    When we fail to go to the one who is openly violating Scripture we let things become acceptable to the Body.

    Just thinking…

  • Bienvenu Désiré ANDJIODEO

    Pastor Rick,

    Greetings from CAR!

    I pray that you come in Central African Republic (CAR) in the coming months in order to share your experiences about the health churches with the CAR Pastors.

    Always together for the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this generation. Amen.

  • This is inspirational. I will do it my church in Kenya since I can not come to America

  • thank with all my heart the newsletters I receive them has been a blessing!.
    Written by Rick Warren, by Esrei text him and my experience as a pastor and planter urban churches here in southern Brazil, I realized that:
    CHARACTERISTICS OF CHURCHES NOT GROW
    Emphasis exaggerated in secondary aspects of faith – Pharisee style. Legalism without holiness.
    concentrated power in the institution and not in a person’s vision. Stuck in the past; institutional process that perpetuates.
    Leaders are not defined by their strength to lead, but loyalty to the institution.
    Inhibition to ask for money.
    Emphasis on the welfare of members of the church (the church comes close to being a religious club).
    Little place for prayer, for languages ​​and for other spiritual gifts.
    Decisions are made by people distant from the people.
    The theory taught is not practiced.
    Communicates very little; Sheepish church.
    extremely formal government order
    Liturgy away from people and their needs.
    Emphasis strong leader in the preparation (spends a lot of time preparing – hence the negative of seminars – however, spends little time
    CHARACTERISTICS OF CHURCHES GROWING
    They are revived churches. They give much room for prayer for the new languages ​​and other spiritual gifts.
    It has a strong leader: vision; It has no difficulty in making decisions; It has extremely charismatic personality.
    Churches marked by a quick, pragmatic and bold message.
    Are churches with agility.
    They are uninhibited churches to ask for money. Request with the following arguments: God is the owner of everything – we will refund what is it, we are only stewards; Tithing is an act of obedience and offerings is an act of faith; They say the taxpayer shall be blessed; show works; construction; and concrete projects where money is being spent; the taxpayer realizes transparency.
    Church communicates enough (personal evangelism, crusades, leafleting, radio, internet, TV, press).
    Forms of little formal government, more loose.
    Churches marked by the capacity for renewal.
    They are aggressive – and define the devil, the world and the flesh as enemies.
    They work intensively on the “survey” of leaders and not in the “training” of them.
    Usually not found new churches, but open congregations (satellite churches).

  • Mildred

    True Pastor Warren. We have need of quality in our churches today. Wonderful teaching, learnt a lot. God bless

  • Powerful, insightful, and anointed! I know this is the heart of God for His people – and you articulated this truth about the church beautifully. Thank you for your heart for God, the Church, and the seekers. Blessings!

  • donald

    Sounds good. I need a ministry related position, pastor, associate, assistant, or church planter. Staff pastor or something. I working myself into old age without really doing ministry! Please email me some help. PLEASE!

  • This is a great post. Where do i go to get more specific information for our church? Thanks and God Bless you.

  • Al

    This is so true. Since it is easier to evaluate growth (numerically) we default to that. It takes more time and is very subjective to evaluate church health so we shy away from that. The result is we believe bigger is healthier. Many non- Christ following groups attract big crowds but it has nothing to do with the Gospel or Jesus Christ. Strive for health and everything else will work out. Thanks for the reminder Rick!

  • I took over a failing company in ’98. I was armed only with one book as training to handle this turn-around, called The Purpose Driven Church, by Rick Warren. I met with management and said that this was the playbook to our recovery.

    I had wanted to serve full-time in ministry and went to training at Saddleback Church designed around this book in ’95. I thought to myself, I wished I had known these concepts when I was in business. 3 years later, I would.

    The company went on to huge success and has touched many lives in the process. Anyone who has been blessed by this company, including me, owes a debt of gratitude to Rick Warren. I doubt it would exist today without him.

    I pray God richly bless Rick for his faithful service to Him and for impacting so many lives for Christ.

  • confused

    “The church is a Body, not a business – an organism, not an organization. It’s alive.” Absolutely this is so very true. My question then is this. Why have you invested so much time over your life being mentored by Peter Drucker who has made a name for himself by successfully injecting business philosophy directly into the church? I’m not criticizing here, I’m trying to understand your methodology.

  • I’ve read your book, ‘Purpose Driven Life’. It left a deep & profound impact upon my life. God bless you for that.