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A Church with a Purpose - Review by Carolyn H | Saddleback Church - Lake Forest

Saddleback Church - Lake Forest

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A Church with a Purpose 8/19/2006

There is so much to be said about Saddleback Church founded by Pastor Rick Warren. Years ago, living in Southern California, I recall the wonderful experience of Pastor Rick's first service. Pastor Rick coming from Northern California with his wife had a purpose. He went knocking on doors in Southern California to find out what would make the people come to church. The one reason or excuse I had was I didn't like getting up early on Sunday morning after working all week. Pastor Rick soon encouraged several residents to come one Easter in 1980. The service was held at Laguna Hills High School Gym with Pat Boone singing. There were about 200 residents from Saddleback Valley to experience one of the most eventful days of their life. Pastor Rick, smiling with the genuine, heartwarming smiled delivered a sermon that Easter which changed my life. We started going to Saddleback on a weekly basis every Saturday evening, and then twice weekly, soon three times weekly. The members grew so quickly that soon Saddleback added new pastors to help Pastor Rick. Saddleback has over 200,000 members and is located in a beautiful area in Saddleback Valley. Although, I no longer live in Orange County, my friends share tapes, CD's, and information regarding all the changes. This church is phenomenal offering outstanding music, services, bible study, camps, and something for everyone in your family. I feel so special to have been one of the very first members to have experienced the growth of Saddleback Church. more
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