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Rick Warren Introduces Saddleback Church’s 5 Daring Faith Goals — April 30, 2015

Rick Warren Introduces Saddleback Church’s 5 Daring Faith Goals

After Easter 2015 and the 35th anniversary of Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick Warren started teaching through a church-wide campaign called Daring Faith, weaving together the sermons and small groups video curriculum.


On the weekend of April 25-26, these 5 Daring Faith goals were introduced during the message “Daring to Plant in Faith“:

  • Facilitate 40,000 worshippers at weekend services by 2020 (40th anniversary) – by launching 10 campuses
  • Assist 250,000 needy people through local PEACE plan – by opening 10 new PEACE centers
  • Interconnect our growing church family through new technologies
  • Train 25% of members to be global leaders – through the Saddleback Global Leadership Training Center
  • Help take the good news to the last 3,000 unreached tribes on earth

[download pdf scan of handout] [UPDATE: the Daring Faith giving campaign brochure is now online]

Churches by the Numbers: Annual Reports from Churches — April 24, 2014

Churches by the Numbers: Annual Reports from Churches

An annual report is a form of communication that neatly provides a review of an organization’s overall status, good for checking the progress towards an organization’s mission, its results, and finances. Churches are beginning to present their annual reports in a format similar to what is used in the corporate world for investors. (For churches with significant budgets, people would want well-managed finances rather than mom-and-pop operations.)

Here’s a sampling of church annual reports, listed in no particular order (available on the Internet at the time of this posting)::

One good example of financial accountability was a church with a website footer section that put its “annual report” link right under their “give online” link.

Mid-week worship services at churches in the OC — October 29, 2013

Mid-week worship services at churches in the OC

Looking for churches in Orange County, California, with worship services during the week. If you know of another one, please add a comment and let me know.

Mid-week worship services and/or Bible studies in the OC

Wednesday 7:00pm – Calvary Chapel (Costa Mesa)

Wednesday 7:00pm – Voyage Calvary Chapel (Fountain Valley)

Wednesday 7:00pm Reach Community Church (Lake Forest)

Wednesday 7:00pm Orange County Christian Fellowship (Orange)

Thursday 7:00pm – Harvest Orange County (Irvine)


6 Stages of Grief, according to Pastor Rick Warren — September 21, 2013
Pastor Rick Warren to Share Vision for Saddleback Church Irvine Campus — September 13, 2013

Pastor Rick Warren to Share Vision for Saddleback Church Irvine Campus

Pastor Rick Warren to Share Vision for Saddleback Church Irvine Campus

City Officials Scheduled to Thank Leader with Local, Worldwide Reach; Celebrate 5 Years in Community

IRVINE, Calif. – Best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren plans to visit Saddleback Church’s Irvine regional campus at Northwood High School on Sunday in celebration of five years in Orange County’s gateway city on Sunday.

Mayor Steven Choi, along with Councilwoman Christina Shea, are scheduled to award Warren with a certificate of recognition for his “significant leadership role in supporting and impacting thousands of lives through the ministry of Saddleback Church.”

“This year, we celebrated Irvine’s 5-year anniversary. Saddleback Irvine has added 675 new members and 375 people of Irvine have been baptized,” Warren said. “Let’s give God praise for the blessings of changed lives in Irvine, and look to see more transformation.”

Warren will be at all three church services on Sunday to receive the award and talk about his vision for the future of the Irvine church campus. Pastor Rick will unveil his focus of creating local churches that meet the needs of the community, provide leadership development and training, and offer life-changing programs.

Church officials say there are big plans in the works for Saddleback Church Irvine, including finding a permanent location. The emphasis now and in the future for the church includes providing community services to residents of Irvine, patterned after its PEACE Center at its main campus in Lake Forest. The center provides food, counseling, financial and legal help for those looking for support.

The Irvine community is the fastest growing city in all of Southern California. It is also one of the most diverse cities in OC where no one ethnicity is above 50% (White 45%, Asian 39%, Hispanic 9%), according to the US Census. Three major highways cut through Irvine, including a major airport, and an internationally renowned university (UCI).

“I’m so excited about what God is doing through Saddleback Irvine,” Warren said. “The campus has continued to grow every year, becoming our largest regional campus. So, let’s not slow down!”