Saddleback Church

Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Technology
Tags: Saddleback Church, Church Online, Jay Kranda, Rick Warren, fears, shrink, local church attendance, marketing tool, shallow community, disconnected generation
My big third-grade school project was a beast. Every 8-year-old had to do their final project in front of the class, and Mr. Michaels, my teacher—who might as well have been Michael Myers from horror film ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, big attendance, Easter, Mother's Day, Jesus, resurrection, Saddleback Church, Christmas Eve, evangelism, tool, morale, volunteers, prospect list, community, interest
Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, volunteers, ask, ministry, youth, bulletin announcement, senior pastor, pulpit, Jesus, everybody, students
Recently in a youth ministry seminar the presenter asked the question, “How many of you feel like you have enough volunteers in your ministry?” One guy raised his hand. The rest of the room wanted to punch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, connectivity, congregation, leadership, commodity, Joshua, David, I Chronicles, traction, Sleeping Giant
Connectivity. It is a precious commodity in the leadership world. With it, you can move your organization through changes and challenges much easier and with greater facility than those who lack it. Those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, church, purpose statement, Saddleback Church, membership, maturity, ministry, mission, magnify
Saddleback’s purpose statement has been quietly guiding much of our decision-making for nearly three decades. Our purpose statement is: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 28 November 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, time, students, hugs, Jesus, high fives, control, small talk, guidance, prayer, discernment, fun
I love the craziness of large groups where I get to see a bunch a students at once. I love mowing through the crowd, giving hugs and high fives and randomly having greeting tribal dance-offs ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Rick Warren, dreams, ministry, ordinary leaders, extraordinary dreams, plans, Napoleon, Einstein, Saddleback Church, gospel, daughter church, missionaries
Have you ever stopped to think that our ability to dream is a God-given gift? God has given us the power to be creative, to dream, to visualize, to plan. It is a powerful force that can be used for either ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Culture
Tags: Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound church, odds, oppponent, punch, Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, greatness, numbers, church health, disciple making, God's justice, missions, faith, fruitfulness, weaknesses, ...
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds. In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don’t even have to love boxing to admire and respect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, ministry, men's ministry, rogue, unpredictable, dangerous, solitary, deep fear, meetings, influence, congregation, connection, body of believers, tribal knowledge, ...
“He’s gone rogue.” Usually you will encounter this phrase in spy novels when counter-intelligence operatives, spies or assassins leave the grid and, consequently, the control of their handlers. In ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, volunteers, youth, program, destroy, successes, failures, assumptions, lessons, initiative, heart, passion
One thing I can freely assume about volunteers is that they want to help. Other than that, I should be careful about anything else I assume. I’ve been working with volunteers for a while and can say I’ve ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, brainteaser, authority, sermon, respect, benefits, longevity, role, age, hierarchical structure, experience level, proven track record
Here’s a little brainteaser: Many without it despise it. Many with it abuse it. Many simultaneously want more and less of it in their lives. What am I? Most articles I’ve read and sermons I’ve listened ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, youth ministry, teens, morale, testimony, love, parents, bragging, thank them, support, physical affirmation
Recently, we had a senior girl share her testimony at our high school program. It was powerful. Afterward, her peers came up and showed her love. What made the testimony even better was the fact that we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Kurt Johnson, bomb, youth ministry, youth pastor, mission, timing, agenda, engagement, defensive, conversation, Saddleback Church
For most youth workers, few things in ministry are as dreaded as navigating conflict—especially when it comes in the form of an angry parent or frustrated volunteer and when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, ministry, high school ministry, building, game, goals, focus, motivator, authenticity, Jesus Christ, priorities
A lot of times we can get into the results game or the comparative game and lose sight of what matters most. We think if only I had that building, that equipment, more staff or more money, then we would ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Administration
Tags: Kenny Luck, Saddleback Church, self-protection, leaders, spirit, team, relationship, marketplace, wolves, Jesus, communication, suck up
I am one of those people who believes the best about other people. In my career as a junior guy working his way up and as a CEO, I have met all sorts of leaders in the marketplace and, now, in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Crumbey, Saddleback Church, youth leader, Jesus, youth ministry, relationships, students, potential, talk, challenge, faith
I’ve learned that relating to students is more about what you do than who you are. I wrote a post a while ago called “The Bs to Being a Great Youth Leader,” and it was about clearing up the misconceptions of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Rick Warren, ministry, minister, Saddleback Church, singles, youth, leadership, God's timing, motivation
Saddleback didn’t have an organized youth ministry until we had 500 in attendance. We didn’t have a singles ministry until we had 1,000 people in attendance. And I’m glad we didn’t. It’s not because those ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Kurt Johnston, Saddleback Church, Youth Ministry, pastors, elders, numbers, attendance, signups, small groups, salvations, baptisms, database, Instagram, social media, blog, friend
As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers. If we do, it’s with wailing and gnashing of teeth, as we imagine the elders shaking their heads in frustration at the job we’re doing to reach the ... [ +++ ]
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