The Purpose Driven Church Critical Book Review

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THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH

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A Paper
Presented to
Dr. Daniel Moosbrugger

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

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In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Course
CLED 520 Vision and Strategic Planning B 02

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By
Shervanne Gatson
sgatson@liberty.edu
17 September 2011

Dr. Warren is a passionate pastor who is motivated by the congregations need to have a purpose. He is the founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Today, he has more than 300 community ministries which include prisoners, CEOs, addicts, single parents, and those with HIV/AIDS. He attacks what he calls the five Global Goliaths: spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy/poor education. His plan is to restore responsibility in people, credibility in churches, and civility in culture. America's most influential spiritual leader and America’s Pastor are a couple of names he is often referred. He leads the Purpose Driven Network of Churches. Listed in 100 Christian Books that changed the 20th Century is The Purpose Driven Church. It was called the best book on entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in print by Forbes Magazine.

He advises leaders in the public, private, and private, and faith sectors on leadership development, poverty, health, education, and faith in culture as a global strategist. He also lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Judaism, the Evangelical Theological Society, and numerous seminaries and universities as a theologian. He wrote six books known for explaining theology in ways that you could understand and have been translated into more than 50 languages. He does not need to use theological terms or telling people that it is theology when teaching and he is received well because of it. According to the Weekly Standard Magazine, “He is clearly among the two or three most influential Americans working from the west coast” and The Economist Magazine said “Rick Warren is arguably the most influential pastor in America.” The Times in London says, “Business and political leaders across America are turning to Rick Warren for guidance.” Forbes said, “Were it a business, Saddleback Church would be compared with Dell, Google or Starbucks.” These are just a few of the positive reviews that Dr. Rick Warren received. Dr. Warren sees a strong need for the congregation to have a purpose. The purpose of the Purpose Driven Church is to build morale, reduce frustration, allows concentration, attracts cooperation, and assists evaluation (Warren 1995, 85-94). The book focuses on the Christian life while being a Purpose Driven Church. In Chapter two, Warren discusses myths about growing churches. This chapter is very effective in sharing Warren’s message. He makes an excellent point when he says, “Ministry must be faithful and fruitful. God expects both from us” (Warren 1995, 64). According to several churches, God called for us to be faithful not successful even though Warren disagrees and believes that God called us to be both faithful and successful. He wrote this book to address the failures of today’s churches. He wrote this book according to the principles used to build his church. He seeks to help other churches apply these principles. Part two of the book discusses becoming a purpose-driven church. He discusses in Chapter 3 what drives our church. He wrote how churches are driven by tradition, personality, finances, events as well as other things. We learned that there are many things that drive a church and why these things are so important. Establishing the purpose of your church is the mind of its members is very important. The purpose for the church must line up with God’s purpose for your church or it will not last. Warren goes on to discuss the foundation for a healthy church. This chapter is...
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