Life: It’s STILL Not About You

Life: It’s STILL Not About You

Over a decade ago, Pastor Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life, which went viral and global. I still give it away all the time as a basic primer on life as God intended it to be lived. And this best-selling book starts with a single line that polarizes and leaves...
Free Church Newcomers and Membership Class Curriculum

Free Church Newcomers and Membership Class Curriculum

We’re a purpose driven church, which means we believe in having a very intentional process for discipleship – for introducing people to each next step in their spiritual journey. For every church that wants to create this pipeline, I highly recommend...
5 Practical Tools for 2017 for Pastors and Church Leaders

5 Practical Tools for 2017 for Pastors and Church Leaders

You obviously need to follow Jesus, believe the truth of his Word, and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. A solid theology is the foundation for any year of preaching and leading in the context of a local church. And then there are the practical tools and resources...
5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

Five years ago, Grace Hills Church was made up of about 35 of us. Last year, our final year meeting in a movie theater, we had an average worship attendance of about 240. And since moving into our current location in January of this year, that average has been 385...
PDC 16 Learning Lab: Planting Healthy, Purpose Driven Churches

PDC 16 Learning Lab: Planting Healthy, Purpose Driven Churches

I’m extremely excited about Purpose Driven Conference 2016 coming up June 28 – 30! It’s the first time in almost a decade that Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church have offered this kind of comprehensive leadership and church health conference...
How to Implement a Discipleship Process for a Healthy Church

How to Implement a Discipleship Process for a Healthy Church

We are sent, on mission, to make disciples. It is for making more and stronger disciples that the church exists. So… what’s your process for making them? There are two significant weaknesses common to struggling churches. They’ve never discovered...
The Three Things We Do Together As a Church

The Three Things We Do Together As a Church

Grace Hills is a simple, purpose driven church. That means that we try to do what we’re told to do by Jesus, and little else. There is plenty of debate today about what a local church ought to look like, with plenty of criticism directed at large churches, in...
Pointers for Pastors: What Is a Purpose Driven Church?

Pointers for Pastors: What Is a Purpose Driven Church?

What exactly is a ‘purpose driven’ church? In this Pointer for Pastors, I’ll tackle that question and explain what it means to focus on God’s eternal purposes for the church, rather than pretty much anything else. Click play to listen...
God's Five Purposes for Your Marriage

God's Five Purposes for Your Marriage

Are you happily married? Happiness rises and falls, for all of us, married or not. And happiness isn’t the real goal of life anyway. Every day, I pray a prayer over my children that says, “God, help them to first be holy (set apart for You), and then to be...

A Scalable Model for Making Disciples in Small Churches

“The New Testament is the only model we need!” There, I went ahead and said that for you. It’s out of the way. For those pastors and church leaders who highly value the New Testament AND actually want to accomplish something meaningful, read...

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