Renowned church leader and best-selling author Rick Warren is worried about the future of churches and wants church planters to shift their focus from church growth to quality. In his monthly extended prayer, Warren says God spoke to him to not just pray but to take action and help his fellow church leaders.
The Saddleback church pastor revealed all these in his recent Facebook post sharing the fact that he’s no longer impressed with rapid church growth that most pastors are obsessed with. He likened a rapid church growth to rockets that burn fast and said he’ll be more impressed with churches that can sustain growth decade after decade.
Warren may also be recalled saying during a three-day Exponential West conference back in October 2014, “You must be very careful how you build. Some build with gold, silver, precious stones even wood, hay and straw but the day will come when fire will reveal the quality of your work and if what you build survives, you will receive a reward.” He also added, “The success of your ministry isn’t about size or speed, regardless of those ‘large church lists.’ God isn’t going to judge you based on those things because those are human measurements.”