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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

Brandon Cox and Rick Warren

I've started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I've deleted it. It's hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son, Matthew, ended his own life at …

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The Saddleback Network Includes Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan Community Church

The church we are planting, Grace Hills, is part of the Saddleback Network, a new, still-forming initiative to cover the earth with purpose driven churches. Today, there are four of us in the network. Peter Dupre is planting Revive Community Church in the Boston area. Jose …

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I Get To Be a Part of Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church Easter Attendance

Thirteen years ago, I read The Purpose-Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission for the first time. The first chapter contains the story of how Rick and Kay Warren packed up their belongings and headed to a community to which God had called them to plant …

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How to Know When God Is Up to Something


Is the earth still spinning? Are waves still crashing on the beach? God. Is. Up. To. Something... guaranteed! It's been well over ten years since I led our church in Kentucky through a study of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, the classic work by Henry …

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Everything Is Changing Again!

Planting & Growth

That's how God keeps growing us. He never lets us sit still. Even if we spend our entires lives in one place geographically, things are changing inside us and around us all the time. Our family has been through a lot of changes over the last year and a half. We've added Sam to …

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I’m Pumped About Online Small Groups

Online Small Groups at Saddleback

Saddleback Church is making huge leaps forward when it comes to interacting with people across a more social web. Johnny Baker recently became Pastor of the Online Campus, which is finally recognized as an official campus rather than simply an internet-based broadcasting tool. …

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10 Quick Lessons for Every Church Staff Member

Glen Kreun

Today's staff meeting at Saddleback was a bit different from the norm at Saddleback Church. Pastor Tom Holladay shared from his heart 10 lessons he's learned from watching Glen Kreun over the past twenty years of ministry. Pastor Glen served as Executive Pastor of Saddleback for …

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Saddleback Praise – Where Alva Copeland Brings Worship to Life

Yesterday, the Host Pastor of Praise, one of Saddleback's Lake Forest venues, was unable to be at services and I happened to be standing in sight of our Program Director, so I was drafted into service to fill in for the day. Saddleback offers one message in many venues so that …

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Worshipping with Saddleback Orange today. Exciting to see this campus!!

Brandon Cox Sent from my bag phone …

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Handling Giant Snakes In Church

Brandon Cox Sent from my iphone …

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