Rick Warren

Richard Duane “Rick” Warren (1954-) is founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in lake Forest, California. He is also a bestselling author, known for his popular titles The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life. In 2005 he launched the global PEACE plan, a global outreach initiative designed to mobilize the Western church toward social justice missions. Warren is active in matters of faith and politics: during the 2008 election he hosted both presidential candidates at the Civil Forum on the Presidency, held at his home church. He also offered the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration as President. Warren is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A Regular Purpose-Driven Guy
A Regular Purpose-Driven Guy
Rick Warren's genius is in helping pastors see the obvious
Purpose Driven in Rwanda
Purpose Driven in Rwanda
Rick Warren's sweeping plan to defeat poverty.
Mystic with a Spreadsheet
Mystic with a Spreadsheet
Journalist Jeffery Sheler provides a probing biography of the two Rick Warrens.
  • Boomers, The Big Sort, and Really, Really Big Churches
    Boomers, The Big Sort, and Really, Really Big Churches
    Post-war suburban church expansion charted a course that Mars Hill would follow.
  • Rick Warren Mastered the Formula for Suburban Church Growth
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    Rick Warren Mastered the Formula for Suburban Church Growth
    Why the “Purpose Driven” pastor connected with Southern Californians.
  • Rick Warren Announces Search for Saddleback Replacement
    Rick Warren Announces Search for Saddleback Replacement
    Purpose-driven pastor has “zero regrets, zero fears, zero worries.”
  • Rick Warren Apologizes for Saddleback Clip With ‘Demeaning’ Asian Caricature
    Rick Warren Apologizes for Saddleback Clip With ‘Demeaning’ Asian Caricature
    Asian American Christian leaders reiterate concerns over using stereotypes as punchlines in Sunday school curricula.
  • Christian Leaders Pray for Peace and Safety Amid Capitol Mob
    Christian Leaders Pray for Peace and Safety Amid Capitol Mob
    For believers under democratic rule, peaceful transitions are “part of honoring and submitting to God’s ordained leaders.”
  • Look Outside America for Fresh Insight on American Evangelicals
    Look Outside America for Fresh Insight on American Evangelicals
    Melani McAlister’s new history aims to capture what the familiar political story leaves out.
  • Rick Warren: What I Learned from Billy
    Rick Warren: What I Learned from Billy
    Focus. Integrity. And a God-directed heart.
  • Amazon's Alexa Delivers Your Daily Devo in Your Favorite Authors' Voices
    Amazon's Alexa Delivers Your Daily Devo in Your Favorite Authors' Voices
    Hear Ann Voskamp, Shauna Niequist, and others straight from your smart device.
  • Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life
    Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life
    The bestseller's buzz has not died down 15 years later.
  • Kay Warren: Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards
    Kay Warren: Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards
    When you don't mention our son's tragic death, it only hurts more.