Category: Rick Warren

Rick Warren: Foundation for faith

A young, enthusiastic Rick Warren decides to build his megachurch in O.C. Moving boxes littered the green shag carpeting of the Laguna Hills condo as Rick Warren started to preach. It was Jan. 16, 1980, and the sermon’s theme was “Faith” – something the 25-year-old Warren possessed in abundance. Ten days earlier, he had arrived in Orange County with a U-Haul truck, a wife and child, and little else. Now he was starting a church with no money, no job and no congregation. What he had was an ebullient personality and a vision so big that even doubters were swept

Rick Warren’s Strategy for church growth splits congregants

IUKA, Miss. — In April, 150 members of Iuka Baptist Church voted to kick Charles Jones off the deacons’ board. The punishment followed weeks of complaints by Mr. Jones and his friends that the pastor was following the teachings of the Rev. Rick Warren, the best-selling author and church-growth guru. After the vote, about 40 other members quit the church to support Mr. Jones. Mr. Warren, the effusive pastor of stadium-sized Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., is best known for his book “The Purpose Driven Life,” which has sold 25 million copies and urges people to follow God’s plan

Rick Warren : A call to faith

A Baptist childhood and changing times helped shape Rick Warren’s emerging religious style. Rick Warren stands at a lectern, wearing a blue and white Hawaiian shirt. His feet are jammed, sockless, into blue and red Docksiders. “God designed you to make a difference,” Warren, 52, says to 4,000 upturned faces at Saddleback Church’s main worship center. “You were not put on this planet to take up space.” Behind him, a movie-screen-sized map of the world shines with pinpoints of light. The light over Orange County shines the brightest. One week later, Rick Warren is at the Lake Forest lectern again,

Rick Warren postpones trip to North Korea

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – An Orange County pastor who wrote the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life” has delayed a planned visit to North Korea amid heightened tension with the U.S. over the country’s recent missile launches. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church, had planned to meet with North Korean officials Monday to arrange a future preaching trip, Warren’s spokesman A. Larry Ross said. The trip has now been delayed, but may be rescheduled within the week, a statement from the church said. The statement did not say whether the delay was due to the increased tensions between

Rick Warren to travel to NKorea amid tension over missile launches

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – An Orange County pastor who wrote the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life” plans to travel to North Korea later this month amid heightened tension with the U.S. over the authoritarian country’s recent missile launches. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church, plans to meet with North Korean officials to arrange a future preaching trip, Warren’s spokesman A. Larry Ross said Saturday. The March 2007 preaching trip, scheduled to be held at a 15,000-seat stadium, would commemorate the 100th anniversary of a Christian revival in Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea. A 2002 U.S.

The purpose-driven pastor

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Last week, it was the Rose Bowl players’ breakfast. This month, it will be the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Then the president’s prayer breakfast in Washington, followed by an entertainment industry conference in Los Angeles. Rick Warren, the Southern Baptist preacher’s son from tiny Redwood Valley, Calif., is much in demand these days. The founding pastor of the Saddleback mega-church south of Los Angeles and the author of the best-selling “The Purpose Driven Life,” Warren is perhaps the most influential evangelical Christian in America. With his book – the best-selling hardback nonfiction book in

Pastor rivets many without politics

Warren cultivates spiritual ground LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pastor Rick Warren is on his knees, hands pressed to the floor in front of 3,200 evangelical Christians from 50 countries, head trembling as he cries and calls for a divine embrace: ”Jesus, draw me close.” The congregants pray with Warren, some sobbing, others shaking, many holding out their arms in a supplicant’s gesture toward the Almighty. ”We are starting something that all the forces of hell have not stopped,” Warren says. What Warren has started is a seismic shakeup of the American evangelical movement from the sprawling campus of Saddleback Church,

The Phenomenon of ‘The Purpose-Driven Life’

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for joining us tonight. We are going to spend much of the hour ahead on the book that has become a phenomenon “The Purpose Driven Life,” the book that Ashley Smith credits with helping her to stop a killer. When Ms. Smith said she read “The Purpose Driven Life,” to Brian Nichols, millions of Americans knew the power of the words she spoke of. We begin with one of those people.