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The Purpose Driven Church

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Christianity Today talks about the changes at Saddleback and Purpose Driven over the past year. If you hadn't read it, it might be interesting if you're into these sorts of things.

"The success of The Purpose Driven Life and 40 Days of Purpose was a God-sent wave for which we are grateful, and we tried to be good stewards of the blessing," Walker said. "However, it was inevitable that their popularity would crest and then settle into a long-term ministry of support."

Purpose Driven carried out the first round of layoffs in July, while Warren preached in 14 countries across Africa and Asia. Saddleback leadership had hoped the cuts would be enough. Warren and his wife, Kay, even donated $2 million to cover a deficit at Purpose Driven and hopefully save a few jobs.

But a second round of layoffs couldn't be avoided. From a peak of 160 employees, Purpose Driven laid off 30 staff members while another 24 positions were eliminated through attrition.

Saddleback plans to invest more resources in Warren's newest project, his global P.E.A.C.E. plan: planting churches, equipping leaders, assisting the poor, caring for the sick, and educating the next generation. Saddleback leaders hope P.E.A.C.E. can achieve Purpose Driven levels of popularity without the bust.

"It's two very different things," Walker said. "Purpose Driven was training for church growth. … P.E.A.C.E is more of a long-term missions thrust. There is not a product or a trend or anything that is associated with it. It is a long-term thing."


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 6:01 PM |

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At 11/21/2006, Anonymous Amy Witt said...

Hey Josh, I don't know if you go back and check previous posts, but this is about your suggestions for cross ideas. We went with GWF to Alaska one year and we had to bring a cross that we made. What we did was made crosses out of nails. There were 50 of us going, so we took and made a cross out of 2 nails and for each person, and then assembled those together so it was 3-D and made it into one big cross.

Everyone was sooo impressed by our creation. We welded each nail together and actually if you are afraid of the sharpness of the tips of the nail you can hit them with a hammer so they aren't as sharp. Instead of each smaller cross representing one per person in your ministry, you could have them be a reminder that Jesus was nailed to the cross.

If you want to see a picture you can e-mail me at awitt@emich.edu and I'll try to find one to send to you. Happy thanksgiving!

At 11/21/2006, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

All of the comments are actually emailed to me, so I never miss a one. Cool idea! I would love a picture ... JG


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