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Christmas at Saddleback 2018, all of its campus locations and Lake Forest too — November 25, 2018

Christmas at Saddleback 2018, all of its campus locations and Lake Forest too

(update 12/01/18) the full website for the 2018 Christmas at Saddleback Church is up now at

Christmas at Saddleback


The dates and times for the Christmas celebrations and events at Saddleback Church were published in the weekend bulletin on Nov 24-25, for Lake Forest campus-

Lots of fun pre-Christmas events for families and friends!

Saddleback Church Christmas 2018 at Lake Forest campus

  • Saturday 12/22 @ 2p, 4p, 6p
  • Sunday 12/23 @ 9a, 11a, 4p, 6p
  • Monday 12/24 @ 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p, 9p, 11p
  • Tuesday 12/25 @ 11a
Saddleback Church’s Acrostic, a History of — June 19, 2016

Saddleback Church’s Acrostic, a History of

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)

Saddleback Church Refinery Menus and Hours — June 25, 2015

Saddleback Church Refinery Menus and Hours

[update] As of November 1, 2016, Saddleback Church food services Modo Pizza and Refinery Cafe are closed.


When you’re at Saddleback Church‘s Lake Forest campus, there’s great food to eat at The Refinery at 3 different restaurants: The Grill House, The Cafe & The Bricks Pizzeria. Saddleback Food Services also provides full-service catering, both on-site & off-site.

Daily Hours

The Cafe: Sun-Fri 8am-2pm + Sat 8am-7pm [menu]

The Grill House & Deli: Sun-Fri 11am-2pm + Sat 11am-7pm [menu]

The Bricks Pizzeria: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm [menu]

As you can see from the hours above, lunch is served in the Refinery from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Plus, Dinners at Saddleback: Mon-Thurs 5-7pm in the Refinery [menu]

** Daniel Plan friendly foods available at all dinners

See the Saddleback Food Services page for more info

The Refinery at Saddleback Church


Follow @SaddlebackFood on Twitter

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Food Services ministry description —

We exist to provide a welcoming environment where food, family and fellowship can thrive while volunteers use their SHAPE to serve with a smile.

We have many opportunities to volunteer, including helping to prepare food, setting up for meals, cleaning up, etc.

Volunteers should be gifted in customer service, have an attitude of flexibility, and a heart to serve others. We welcome all who have a passion for ensuring customer satisfaction and creating a lasting impression!

According to web page (dated May 2013) —

The Refinery is a place where people of all ages enjoy spending time. Whether you’re looking to connect and get to know new people or you’re searching for activities to engage the whole family, there’s something for everyone. Bring your family, friends, and co-workers and join us for food, coffee, games, and more! We even have free Wi-Fi and plenty of quiet space for you to feel right at home, so take advantage of our daily happenings.

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]

6 Stages of Grief, according to Pastor Rick Warren — September 21, 2013