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The Purpose Driven Church

by Rick Warren

Rick Warren, the Saddleback Church, and The Purpose Driven Church have arguable influenced my ministry more than any other single influence. The week I spent at the Saddleback Church Growth Conference absolutely changed my life.  I have listened to one hundred or more tapes by Rick and have been blessed by all of them. It is my privilege to invite you to grab 6 - 10 of your minister buddies and study The Purpose Driven Church.  Even if you have been to the seminar and read the book, I believe you will be changed through a small group discussion of this classic book.

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Core Values

  • The goal of the Virtual.Seminary is to teach pastors to grow churches.
    • 20 million Southern Baptists attending Sunday School by the year 2020.
    • Double the number of God worshipers at all churches by the year 2020.
    • Continue to double the percentage of Christians vss overall population every 20 years.
  • Everything rises and falls on leadership. If we are to realize the goals above, it will be because we improve the quality of leadership in our churches.
  • There is a fundamental flaw in the way we train leaders in that our training tends to be all top-down, lecture oriented. We need to combine this top-down approach with an interactive model.
  • Success is in the details. It is not in the broad principles of church growth; it is in the details implementation of the principles.
  • The need of the hour is not just content delivery and skill building. We also need encouragement and love.
  • We believe in the local autonomy of Virtual.Seminary groups.
  • Virtual.Seminary groups should be growing, inviting, including, multiplying, growing, multiplying groups.
  • There is more to church growth than church growth. Five key study areas for the Virtual.Seminary include
      • Church Growth
      • People skills
      • Preaching & Communication
      • Leadership
      • Spiritual development
  • The goal beyond the goal is to create not only bigger churches, but better churches.
  • The goal beyond the goal is not only to grow churches but to transform a culture.