Head First: June 2005

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A Paradigm of Genuine Purpose?

I read an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer recently about Rick Warren (of Purpose-Driven Life fame). Apparently, he has come to believe that he's "hiding" in the comfort of his affluent suburban church and has been called by God to minister to the world's downtrodden, particularly in Africa. He has stopped taking a salary from Saddleback Church (and has given back all the salary he estimates they've paid him in the last 25 years!). Additionaly, he has adopted a "reverse-tithe" approach on the rest of his income. That is, he will keep 10% and give away 90% to the church and to three social-service foundations he established.

Warren believes the church is the leading change agent. "All the Wal-Marts and Starbucks and McDonalds put together don't compare to the church," Warren recently told a group of Philadelphia pastors. "And we've got more volunteers than anybody else does. Government doesn't have a billion volunteers. Business doesn't have a billion volunteers. This is what I'm talking about as the Second Reformation. It is the reformation of mobilization, mobilizing the latent talent of the church."

Could this be closer to what Christ intended His church to be? Or is this something else?