The Purpose-Driven Church

  • by Rick Warren
  • Narrated by Jay Charles
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every church is driven by some controlling force: tradition, finances, programs, events, personalities, or even the building itself. But author and pastor Dr. Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback Valley Community Church in California, believes that a church can only be truly healthy if it becomes "purpose-driven," built around the 5 goals Jesus stated in the New Testament. Dr. Warren's illuminating work outlines a proven 5-part strategy that will enable your church to become warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism. By shifting the focus away from church-building programs, Dr. Warren emphasizes a people-building, inclusive process that will allow your church to grow without compromising its message and mission.


What the Critics Say

"Rick Warren is a master at communicating God's truth and understanding culture. Listen and learn from him!" (Leith Anderson, Pastor, Wooddale Church)


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Customer Reviews

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It is a pity that this wonderful book is not read by the author. Jay Charles is a good narrator, but he is unable to provide the inflections and convey the intended message as well as the author. I recommend the short version of the audiobook for this reasons.
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- Frans

Want to build a church?

This book is full of great resources and arguments for how and what to build in a great, purpose-driven church.

The performance is also pleasing, and the narrative lends itself well to audio. Except that I want to take notes every 5 minutes!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Zondervan