Join The 450,000 Pastors Around The World Who Have Been Trained On Purpose Driven Strategies.
What Will 4 Days AT PD Essentials Do For You?
Answer: A lot!
Here’s a peek at some of the exciting things you will receive at PD Essentials...
Strengthen Your Ministry

Just like a muscle, you need to strengthen your ministry. PD Essentials offers an element of continued improvement so you can reach one more for Jesus!

Meet The Experts

Sit down with experienced practitioners, discuss in-depth ministry, and walk away with tangible ideas and next steps.

Be Heard

PD pastors are waiting to hear your needs during scheduled labs. They understand your situation because they’ve been there themselves, and they’re looking forward to helping you overcome obstacles!

Get Committed

Walk away committed to taking the next step—from becoming a Global PEACE Church to getting certified at the PD coach level—we’re ready to serve you!

See The Big Picture

You’ll be encouraged to continue to train to become fully equipped to implement the common PD vision and system.

Get Inspired

Whether your church is recently planted, plateaued, or lacking progress, don’t pass up this chance for you and your entire staff to get inspired and renewed. Take action together, grow people, build the church, and get your staff on the same page!

Connect With Others

Join labs and informal connection times, and build a network of PD coaches and ministry leaders within your community. Share ideas, engage in conversations, get connected, and become better together!

Attend A Lab

We have over a dozen labs providing practical tips that will encourage and equip you for your next training and implementation steps. Topics cover everything from turning attenders into members, to helping people grow to spiritual maturity.

Kickstart The Campaign

Learn all about launching church-wide campaigns and get a headstart on one of our biggest campaigns ever, the Year of Hope!

Learn The 8-Module Process

Get the tools and foundational processes to develop a healthy church of spiritually-mature members, based on the five Purposes Jesus gave us in the Great Commandment and Great Commission. You’ll learn how to guide your members through the stages of commitment.

Learn The Best Practices

Discover strategies around PDC planting, launching small groups, establishing a foundation for growth, defining your church’s purpose, reaching your community, growing a congregation, building disciples, and more.

Meet Your Mentor

Talk one-on-one with other PD practitioners and coaches. Band together to talk solutions, new ideas, best practices, and accountability. You’ll gain ongoing support from a mentor willing to answer the tough questions and walk alongside you in your PD journey.

Tour Saddleback Church

Jump on our Lake Forest campus tram and tour the 120-acres at Saddleback Church. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the intentional structure of our facilities, built as a reflection of the Purpose Driven bases and diamonds.

Saddleback Church Lake Forest - 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:00 am- Friday, October 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm (PDT)
Why PD Essentials Conference?
To understand healthy, transferable, and scalable principles for ministry, to better serve God in your church, community, and the world. PD Essentials is the paradigm for growing a healthy church, to be equipped and empowered to make a global church impact. The conference will encourage your spirit, sharpen your skills, and strengthen your creativity.
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In May of 1997, Pastor Kelly Walter took 14 people to the Purpose Driven Church Conference at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California.
At that conference, Pastor Rick Warren laid out a vision for what church could be like if it were committed to the purposes of God. Here is their story...
Rock Brook Church
Belton, MO
Pastor Kelly Walter
Our team caught that vision and came back home excited to start a Purpose Driven Church in our community. The following Sunday we met in the shelter house at the park, and 92 people showed up for our first worship service.

That summer Pastor Kelly laid out the vision for what it meant to be Purpose Driven. By the end of the summer we had a team of people fully committed to the Purpose Driven paradigm. We started meeting in a middle school and by Christmas we were running 125 people in attendance.

In January, we moved into the local theater. Back then it was a novel concept for a church to meet in a movie theater but it worked quite well for us. We started out in the smallest theater and moved up to larger theaters. By Easter of the next year we had over 250 in attendance and we started our second Sunday service.

In 2001, we bought four acres of land at our current site and built an office warehouse building as our Worship Center. In 2008, we added a Saturday night service and built our education building. We added a third Sunday morning service and eventually a second Saturday service.

Rock Brook is now 17 years old. We have 1,200 people who attend our 5 weekend worship services. We offer Rock Brook for Kids during each of our services and kid’s small groups at the church on Monday nights.

We host a Student Service the second Sunday night of each month where our students from junior high through college gather for worship and teaching. Our student small groups meet in homes during the week.

We have a thriving small group ministry for adults that places over 600 people in 70 small groups in homes and other locations throughout the community.

The last few years, we have baptized over 75 people annually. From kids to teens to adults, people are coming to faith in Christ and living out God’s purpose in our church, in our families, in our community, and in our world.
Who Is Pastor Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Church?
Purpose Driven was founded and is led by Dr. Rick Warren, a pastor, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist.

As a pastor, Rick founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., in 1980 with one family.

Today, it is an evangelical congregation averaging 30,000 weekly attendees, a 120-acre campus, and has more than 500 community ministries to groups such as prisoners, CEOs, addicts, single parents, and those with HIV/AIDS.
The Purpose Driven Network of churches is a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. More than 400,000 ministers and priests have been trained worldwide, and almost 157,000 church leaders subscribe to the Ministry ToolBox, his weekly newsletter. His book, The Purpose Driven Church is listed in “100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.” Forbes magazine called it “the best book on entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in print.”

As a global strategist, Dr. Warren advises leaders in the public, private, and faith sectors on leadership development, poverty, health, education, and faith in culture. He has been invited to speak at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the African Union, the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, TIME’s Global Health Summit, and numerous congresses around the world. TIME magazine named him one of “15 World Leaders Who Mattered Most in 2004” and in 2005 one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Also, in 2005 U.S. News & World Report named him one of “America’s 25 Best Leaders.”

As a theologian, Dr. Warren has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, the University of Judaism, the Evangelical Theological Society, and numerous seminaries and universities. His six books are known for explaining theology in understandable ways and have been translated into more than 50 languages. Dr. Warren says he teaches theology without using theological terms and telling people it is theology. His latest book, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For, has sold more than 32 million copies and is the best-selling hardback book in American history, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

As philanthropists, Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of their income through three foundations: Acts of Mercy, which serves those infected and affected by AIDS; Equipping the Church, which trains church leaders in developing countries; and The Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease, and illiteracy.

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