I like Rick Warren. A lot.
I’ve never met him, but I’ve learned a lot from him. And we both live in Orange County, California, so we have several friends in common. They all speak very highly of his kindness, integrity and generous spirit. “Genuine” is the word they use most often.
As much as I like him, and as much as I’ve learned from him, Rick doesn’t always get it right. Neither do I, of course. But, because of Rick’s influence, when he misses the mark it can impact a lot of people.
As I point out in chapter 10 of The Grasshopper Myth, when I disagree with Rick, it’s usually based on one issue – numbers.
Rick is a numbers guy. I’m not.
Being a numbers guy is good. We need people in the church who keep track of the numbers. But numbers aren’t always the best way to judge things. Especially in the church.
For today’s example, I refer you to a video I just ran across in which Justin Blaney of Innovate 4 Jesus interviews Rick Warren. It carries the hopeful and accurate title “Rick Warren: Healthy churches have pastors who stay”. You can watch it by clicking here or on the photo at the start of this post.