Saddleback Church, founded by Pastor Rick and Kay Warren, celebrated 35 years of ministry influence and impact during a special community-wide service on Saturday, March 21, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
At the service, Pastor Warren shared a message titled “The Church That Dared,” reflecting on the history of Saddleback and challenging members to make an even bigger impact for God in the next five years.
“We thank God for 35 years of blessing our church,” said Pastor Warren. “The Bible says over and over again, we are to remember. The reason we remember the past is not to dwell on it, but to build our faith for the future.”
The Warrens founded Saddleback Church with seven people in their apartment in 1980. On Easter Sunday that same year, 205 individuals gathered for the first public worship service.
Today, the church is one of the largest in America, with 10 campuses across Southern California as well as growing congregations in Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hong Kong, China; and South Manila, Philippines. The church averages 27,000 attendees at its weekly services, with individuals meeting in more than 7,500 small groups throughout the week.
Furthermore, the church has become a global influencer through initiatives such as The PEACE Plan, Celebrate Recovery, The Daniel Plan, Global HIV and Orphan Care, and Mental Health.
It has been equally impactful across Southern California through community outreaches for all walks of life, including The Food Pantry, Military Outreach, Medical Clinic, Legal Aid, Homework Club, and English as a Second Language classes, among others.
In 2013, Pastor Warren launched Daily Hope with Rick Warren in both local and major markets across America.
The daily 25-minute radio program features a practical, applicable and meaningful message from Scripture by the author of the Purpose Driven Life, intended to encourage, equip, and train people to fulfill God's purposes for their life. Pastor Warren’s radio endeavor also includes daily 60-second teaching spots that address timely issues and topics.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 26, 2015