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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

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 the age of 27 after battling severe mental illness for many years. I have heard Rick speak of this behind closed office doors, asking for prayer and pouring his heart out concerning his love for his …

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The Saddleback Network Includes Lower Manhattan

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 Gonzalez is planting a Hispanic congregation in Anaheim. And now, Lower Manhattan Community Church, led by Pastor Ryan Holladay, is part of us as well. I just finished reading a post about the church …

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I Get To Be a Part of Saddleback Church

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 Saddleback Church. They arrived in Orange County with a moving truck and about $1,000 and started a church with seven people at the first Bible study. This past weekend, I attended four of our …

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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 Blackaby and Claude King. The primary lesson of that study has made a lifelong impact on who I am: God is always at work in, around, and through you. And the conclusion is we must join God in what He is …

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Everything Is Changing Again!

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 the family and moved across the country to southern California to join the staff of Saddleback Church. Even my responsibilities here at Saddleback have changed from simply trying to kick off a …

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I’m Pumped About Online Small Groups

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. And now, Saddleback is rolling out online small groups. …

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10 Quick Lessons for Every Church Staff Member

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 27 years under Pastor Rick Warren's leadership. Over those years, he developed an amazing ability to both lead and to be led in ways that supported the miraculous growth of the church. Here are …

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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 people who connect in worship through various styles can express themselves the way God wired them. And thus far, I think Praise is my own personal favorite place to sing on Sunday. …

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

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Handling Giant Snakes In Church

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