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I thoroughly reviewed this book for my dissertation. Warren's basic philosophy is that the purpose of the church is so that unbelievers come there to be evangelized. Any thing that would keep them from coming should be eliminated. Warren misuses several passages of Scripture to support his thesis.

The Biblical reality is that the practical purpose of meeting at church is to equip believers to go out and do the work of evangelism.

The Bible does not invite people to church, but to Christ. Once they come to Christ, they become a part of the church. ( )
  LeviDeatrick | Oct 6, 2016 |
The Purpose-Driven Church by Rick Warren (?)
  journeyguy | Apr 2, 2013 |
This audio version only includes the first five chapters of the book. I've never read the book. The first five chapters were good, but they really didn't leave me with any impression worth noting--although, that in itself is worth noting--and no more desire to read the remaining chapters. I'm not a Warren hater by any means--some of the things he's said on the Catalyst podcast were great!--but I can't say that I'd go out of my way to read any of his books to date. ( )
  davegregg | May 3, 2011 |
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The thesis of The Purpose Driven Church is that when churches think first about their health, growth is sure to follow. "If your church is healthy," writes Rick Warren, "growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church." These five purposes are to "Love the Lord with all your heart," "Love your neighbor as yourself," "Go and make disciples," "[Baptize] them," and "[Teach] them to obey." And those purposes can only be accomplished, argues Warren, when church leaders stop thinking about church-building programs and shift their focus to a "people-building process" involving fellowship, discipleship, worship, and evangelism. Warren, the founder of the fastest-growing Baptist church in American history, has taught seminars to thousands of pastors from all over the world, many of whom have successfully implemented his techniques.
  OCMCCP | Feb 8, 2011 |
the subtitle should be "A Jesuit Handbook for Taking over the Protestant Church" ... just kidding. ( )
  rchase | Jun 28, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0310201063, Hardcover)

The thesis of The Purpose Driven Church is that when churches think first about their health, growth is sure to follow. "If your church is healthy," writes Rick Warren, "growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church." These five purposes are to "Love the Lord with all your heart," "Love your neighbor as yourself," "Go and make disciples," "[Baptize] them," and "[Teach] them to obey." And those purposes can only be accomplished, argues Warren, when church leaders stop thinking about church-building programs and shift their focus to a "people-building process" involving fellowship, discipleship, worship, and evangelism. Warren, the founder of the fastest-growing Baptist church in American history, has taught seminars to thousands of pastors from all over the world, many of whom have successfully implemented his techniques.

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What drives your church? Every church is driven by something: tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a church. But Rick Warren believes that in order for a church to be healthy, it must become a purpose-driven church, built around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus. Now the founding pastor of Saddleback Church shares a proven five-part strategy that will enable your church to grow ... warmer through fellowship ... deeper through discipleship ... stronger through worship ... broader through ministry ... larger through evangelism. Discover the same practical insights and principles for growing a healthy church that Rick has taught in seminars to over 22,000 pastors and church leaders from sixty denominations and forty-two countries.… (more)

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