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Rick Warren on Faith, Dreams, and Why His 40-Plus Years at Saddleback Prepared Him for This Moment

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Dr. Rick Warren co-founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in 1980 with his wife, Kay. Since stepping down from the lead pastor role at Saddleback in 2022, Rick has continued to inspire people through his Daily Hope Devotional and his podcast, Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope. He is the author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” one of the bestselling nonfiction books in publishing history. Rick’s latest book, his first in a decade, is “Created to Dream: The 6 Phases God Uses to Grow Your Faith.”

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Key Questions for Rick Warren

-What excites you about this season of life?

-What is the connection between dreaming and faith?

-What are the questions that people should ask to evaluate whether they should begin pursuing their dreams?

-If people are struggling with their dreams and feel like the dreams are not going to happen, how do they move through that discouragement?

Key Quotes From Rick Warren

“I’ve been in a two-year battle with an autoimmune disease. It’s not life-threatening. It won’t even last. It lasts between three to five years. But without getting into all the details, the bottom line is it leaves my muscles, all my major muscles in pain pretty much 24 hours a day.”

“I feel like my 40-plus years at Saddleback Church were actually a learning experience preparing me for this greater role.”

“We want churches to stop outsourcing their mission responsibility. What they’re doing is they’re paying other people to do their mission and they think that that is assuaging their responsibility. But God has called every man and every woman to fulfill the Great Commission.”

“There’s almost no church in the world giving ongoing evangelism training, ongoing mission training, and actually sending their members around the world.”

“It’s not enough to just care about your community. The Bible says we’re to care about the whole world.”

“By the year 2033…we want everybody in the world to have access to a Bible in their heart language.”

“Any church can plant churches if they’re planting house churches, if they’re planting small groups.”