Saddleback Church’s Strategy and Core Values

“Through the years Pastor Rick would use S.A.D.D.L.E.B.A.C.K. as an acrostic to teach and communicate the vision, values, and strategy to our staff and volunteers. This acrostic changed over the years because we changed over the years. The vision and values never changed, but we did change the emphasis of our work in response to where we were going in the next phase of our journey.” [ed.note: sometimes also called a church’s culture or cultural DNA)]

First Edition (1980s):

  • Simple Structure
  • Atmosphere of Acceptance
  • Defined Purposes
  • Defined Target
  • Lay Ministry
  • Encouraging Preaching
  • Build Up Before Building Out
  • Advertise Good News
  • Contemporary Worship
  • Keep on Learning

Second Edition (1990s):

  • Seeker Sensitive Service
  • Affinity Groups
  • Driven by Purpose
  • Demonstrate Acceptance
  • Life Development Process
  • Every Member is a Minister
  • Behavioral Preaching
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Circles of Commitment
  • Keep Structure Simple

Third Edition (21st century):

  • Second Change Grace Place
  • All Nations Congregation
  • Doable Faith
  • Deliberate Pathway for Growth
  • Love in Action
  • Empowered Members
  • Bold Faith
  • Authentic Relationship
  • Creative Outreaches
  • Kid and Family Focused

saddleback-acrosticvia History of Saddleback Church, produced for the 35th anniversary celebration

Saddleback Church Training – Saddleback Acrostic – Who are we and what is our purpose?  (2013)