For the first time in its 33-year history, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church will be launching campuses outside the US including Accra, Amman, Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Manilla, Mexico City, Moscow, and Tokyo. The Gospel Hearld reports:
The significance is that they will be planted in 12 strategic “Gateway Cities” around the world for their proximity to the final 3,800 people groups that still do not have a church. . .
The targeted “unengaged” groups are those “who have had little or no exposure to the Bible, Christian churches or missionaries,” the Saddleback Church explained. These launches are fruits of their year-long work with the “12 Cities PEACE Plan”; they have worked toward strengthening local churches by providing pastors with Purpose Driven training, and meet the practical needs of the poor and marginalized in those cities.
Saddleback’s PEACE Pastor Jimmie Davidson told The Christian Post that these global campuses, while headed by pastors already linked to local culture, will feature live worship and video or satellite-feed messages from Warren, the senior pastor of each congregation. (source)
Is providing Purpose Driven training and video or satellite-feed messages from Rick Warren in fulfillment of the Great Commission where Jesus instructed the apostles to teach people to “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20)? Continue reading “Saddleback Going Global Again” »