Does your church have a purpose? A clearly defined purpose? Discovering “purpose” is the number one key to revitalizing or maintaining the vitality of God’s church. The two Rick Warren textbooks Purpose Driven Church (for church leaders) and Purpose Driven Life (for church members) remain the finest books ever written on this subject. You will find specific material for the five purposes of worship, ministry, fellowship, evangelism and discipleship elsewhere on this website. This page is a collection of purpose related documents that cannot be neatly classified into the other categories.
How Effective Is Our Greenhouse? Perhaps the most important pdc material I have ever written. Please evaluate your church’s effectiveness with your leadership team.
Characteristics Of A PDC – by Rick Warren. Great checklist for a leadership meeting.
Learn To Think Like Unbelievers – by Rick Warren.
Building Your Calendar Around Your Purpose – by Tom Holladay at Saddleback.
Twelve Questions For The Leadership – by Rick Warren. Excellent for a leadership training session.
Autopsy of a Deceased Church – this checklist by Thom Rainer is a must-use in a leadership meeting.
Vision – Rick Warren article.
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Church Membership Covenant: What To Expect From Your Members – must reading from Rick Warren.
What A Purpose Driven Church Is NOT – article by Rick Warren deals with some misunderstandings about building around purpose.
How To Do A Church Survey – an excellent tool to learn how your congregation really thinks!
Healthy Church Definition – this brief article is based on a survey from Leavell Center at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Church Performance Survey – ask your church!
Strategic Future – by Tony Morgan.
Observations About Growing Churches – compare this list with your church.
A PDC Training Session For Deacons And Other Leaders – integrates the five purposes into a deacon selection process. Another Deacon Guide – written by Rolen Bailey.
How To Raise Expectations Through A Membership Class – one more step to achieving your purpose.
How To Start A New Member Orientation Class – re-set the expectations of your new members with an orientation class.
PDC Logo With Your Church Pic Inserted – nifty way to combine the five pdc purposes with a pic of your church.
Coming Church Financial Firestorm – by Ken Hamilton, finance expert.
Don’t Over-program The Church – a too busy church is not always the best church.
Change? “Not me” cartoon.
Ten Common Barriers – excellent article by Rick Warren.
Warning Signs Of An Inwardly Obsessed Church – Thom Rainer’s article is good for a leadership meeting.
Saddleback Success Measurements. If you shoot at nothing, you will hit nothing!
Church Insurance – good document to start an annual discussion with your trustees.
How To Become Relevant In Your Community – do we connect with our neighborhood?