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.
  • Saddleback Female Pastors Debate Raises Questions
    Saddleback Female Pastors Debate Raises Bigger Questions for the SBC
    Even without a decision on whether to disfellowship Rick Warren’s megachurch, Southern Baptists are left wondering about where a denomination of independent churches draws its boundary lines.
  • Saddleback Successor Cleared of Allegations
    Saddleback Successor Cleared of Allegations of Overbearing Leadership
    Search firm Vanderbloemen reviewed texts, emails, and videos but did not talk to former staffer who made accusations against Andy Wood.
  • Rick Warren Reveals Successor, Retirement Date
    Rick Warren Reveals Successor, Retirement Date as Saddleback Church Pastor
    Echo Church’s Andy Wood will take over for the well-known pastor and author on September 12.
  • 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.