Pastor Rick Warren of California’s Saddleback Church will hold the first Purpose Driven Church Conference after ten years this month. The conference geared towards imparting church leaders around the world to integrate a “Purpose Driven” model, based on his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, into their own church health. “God has shifted my focus from church planting to church renewal,” Warren says.
Over the past decade, Warren has been focused almost exclusively on ministry around the world through the PEACE Plan, which seeks to involve every Christian and every church in every nation in the task of serving people in the areas of the greatest global needs. But he says, “Now that the PEACE Plan is mature and impacting millions of people around the world through thousands of churches, God has shifted my focus from church planting to church renewal, beginning in America.”
Purpose Driven Conferences, which was last held in the United States in 2006, will update and teach the paradigm for church health and church growth to pastors and their wives from June 28-30 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
“We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God’s five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism,” Warren says. “While God’s purposes for the church have remained unchanged for 2,000 years, we continue to learn how to apply them in a changing world.”
He explains that the Purpose Driven paradigm is like “the operating system for the church, but we have discovered so many new apps over the last ten years.”
“We need to introduce a new generation to the paradigm all together, and we need to introduce our old friends to what we’ve learned in the last ten years,” Warren says.
In 2006, the conference drew church leaders and their wives from 51 countries and 46 states.