Rick Warren on The Challenge at Exponential

Besides this blog post – you can email Rick Warren Directly for his “8 Laws of Spiritual Maturity” – prw@saddleback.com

“Pastor, listen to your wife. She is usually the Holy Spirit. When you disagree with her, she IS the Holy Spirit.”

The purpose of marriage is not to make you happy, it is to make you holy. Listen to her. Let her be a counselor to you.

“You don’t have to have a building to grow a church.” Saddleback did build a building until they had 10,000.

“Never compare yourself to anyone else.” “God wants you to be you.” Don’t listen the the critics or the complements.

 Suggestions on how to build a reproducing church:

  • Never stop growing personally.” You can never delegate your faith. God can only reveal His vision for you to you. How do you stay consistent. You must make disciples. God takes 6 hours to grow a mushroom and 28 years to grow an oak tree. Do you want your church to be a mushroom or an oak tree. Integrity – humility – generosity.
  • Pay attention to your family.” Love your wife and kids. You have to take a day off. Take a sabbath every week. Which means you don’t read email or answer your phone. You gotta build your family before you build your church. It’s all about surrender. If you start living like Jesus you won’t be liked by other ministry leaders.
  • You must develop a Kingdom mindset.” God’s agenda is bigger than you. What is God’s agenda – the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is wherever Jesus Christ is King. The Kingdom is wherever God’s will is done. When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus answered with evangelism.
  • Focus on building people NOT the church”. You focus on building and God will build His church. Build the purposes of the church into the people’s lives. It takes more than than sermons for people to grow spiritually. Acts 13:36 (Rick’s life verse) – he served God’s purposes in his life and then he died.
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