Being Purpose-Driven is not about being
contemporary. It is about being biblical and
eternal. The 5 purposes of the church as given to
us by Jesus Christ in the Great Commandment and
the Great Commission are eternal, and never go out
of style. They are not a fad. Any church that
fails to fulfill the purposes Jesus established
for the church for is not really a church!
NOT YOUR TARGET GROUP!
There are literally thousands of varieties of
PDCs: post-modern PDCs, ethnic PDCs, language
group PDCs, and even cowboys, singles, artists,
and surfers PDCs. There are PDCs for Builders,
Boomers, GenXers, and now even Millennial Gens -
and they are located all around the world in over
NOT HAVING A SEEKER-SENSITIVE
PDCs are committed to the purpose of evangelism,
(one of the 5 New Testament purposes) not any one
particular method or service. Thousands of PDCs DO
NOT have a seeker service. They do evangelism in
many different formats.
NOT YOUR WORSHIP STYLE
It doesn't matter whether your worship style is
liturgical, traditional, contemporary, country,
charismatic, multi-sensory, or casual. What
matters is that your style matches the people you
are seeking to reach.
NOT YOUR SIZE
PDCs come in all sizes and shapes. The
purpose-driven strategy focuses on balance, health
and strength, not size or shape. There is no
correlation between the size and strength of a
church. PDC is a church-health emphasis, not a
PDCs are found in all kinds of locations: in
rural, small town, suburban, urban, and inner city
areas. As mentioned earlier, there are PDCs all
around the world.
PDCs exist in over one hundred different
denominations and associations of churches.
12 CHARACTERISTICS OF PURPOSE-DRIVEN CHURCHES
have a Purpose Statement that describes (in their
own words) their commitment to building the church
around the five New Testament purposes: worship,
evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and
use a Purpose-Driven Strategy to fulfill their
purpose statement. While using a variety of terms,
a purpose-driven strategy brings people to Christ
and into membership in His family, then builds
them up to maturity, then equips them for ministry
in the church, and then sends them out on a life
mission in the world in order to bring glory to
God. The PDC strategy is based on two vital
assumptions: 1) People grow best when you allow
them to make graduated commitments. 2) You must
ask for commitment in specific ways, such as using
organize around a Purpose-Driven Structure, which
insures balance and gives equal emphasis to all
five New Testament purposes. PDC's are team-based,
rather than hierarchical in structure. They
organize around purpose-based teams, (at least 5 -
one for each purpose) composed of lay leaders and
staff, with each team responsible for a specific
purpose and target group (such as the community,
the crowd, the congregation, the committed, and
program by purpose. They have at least one program
for fulfilling each of the five purposes and each
of the corresponding constituencies. They
evangelize the Community, gather the Crowd for
worship, fellowship in the Congregation, disciple
the Committed, and equip the Core for ministry and
staff by purpose. Every purpose has its own
champion. PDCs begin by finding volunteers to lead
and serve on each purpose-based team and they
develop full-time, paid positions as needed.
pastor preaches by purpose. He plans his messages
and series to insure that the congregation
receives a balanced emphasis on each of the
form small groups on purpose. The PDC DNA is
implanted in every cell of the Body of Christ.
Each small group helps the members fulfill each of
the five purposes in their lives. The goal is to
help every believer live a purpose-driven life.
calendar by purpose. The purposes are the
determining factor in deciding what events are
scheduled. Every event must fulfill at least one
of the five purposes or it isn't approved.
budget by purpose. Every expenditure is
categorized by the purpose it relates to.
build by purpose. Buildings are seen as ministry
tools, not monuments. They must serve the
purposes, and never become more important than the
evaluate by purpose. They regularly ask: Are we
balancing all five purposes? Is there a better way
to fulfill each purpose?
PDC churches are built from the outside-in, rather
than in the traditional way from the inside out.
It's far easier to turn a crowd into a core, than
it is to turn a core group into a crowd. You build
a healthy multi-dimensional ministry by focusing
on one level of commitment at a time.
Article by Rick Warren
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback
Valley Community Church in Lake Forest,
California. Beginning with just his wife, Kay, in
1980, the congregation now averages 15,000
attenders at its 5 weekend services. Rick is also
the author of 4 books, including "The
Purpose Driven Church," which has
sold over one million copies in 18 languages. Over
175,000 pastors, from over 100 countries, have
attended a Purpose Driven Church Seminar. Rick is
also the founder of Pastors.com,
a global internet community for those in ministry.