An Easter letter for your congregation
by Rick Warren

With just over a month before Easter, many of you are busy preparing for special services that day. Don’t forget to mobilize the best outreach tool you have – your congregation. Here is a letter I have sent out in the past to prepare Saddleback members for Easter. Feel free to adapt it for your own church. [ more]

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How to influence your community
by Sue Kline

God has called each of us to be influencers of our community for his glory. Just because you get up in front of your congregation each week and proclaim God’s Word doesn’t mean you are necessarily fulfilling that task. Here are three tips – from the text of 1 Peter 2 – that can help you do just that. [ more]

God’s Outrageous Claims
Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 2005)  

This book by Lee Strobel tackles some of the biggest questions on the minds of spiritual seekers who will come to your church this Easter, including how to forgive yourself, the uniqueness of Christ, what God says about sex, how to make an eternal impact on the world, and more.

"People of great faith, wait." – Rick Warren

"Our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us and we’d no longer be slaves to sin." – Rom. 6:6 (NCV)

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Purpose Driven Pentecostal/Charismatic Conference – Don’t miss the first ever Purpose Driven Pentecostal/Charismatic Conference. You will hear from several experienced pastors who have successfully woven the Purpose Driven model together with their theological convictions. They are healthy, growing, purpose driven, and Spirit-led. Learn first hand how they’ve done it without compromising their beliefs.

Internet Evangelism Day – May 7 will be the second annual Internet Evangelism Day. Explore how your church can use the Internet to reach your community.

Purpose Driven Children’s Ministry Conference (April 26-28) – Discover how God’s five eternal purposes can revolutionize your children’s ministry. Learn from Craig Jutila and the Saddleback Children’s Ministry team.

Ten outreach ideas for your church this Easter – Brad Lewis

Capturing the attention of your city at Easter – Steve Sjogren

Emerging generation church looks to old classic for Easter outreach – Stephen Alligood

How ‘culturally engaging’ is your evangelism strategy? – Sam Simmons

Mississippi church discovers post-Katrina purpose is ‘just being there’ – Deann Alford

Wisconsin Celebrate Recovery program donates funds to help prisoners – Rheta Murry

Woman uses Ladies Home Journal article to pass on the P.E.A.C.E. Plan – Rheta Murry

Purpose Driven principles help Iowa youth ministry mobilize teens for missions – Kathie Scott

DVD helps get missionary out of a jam – Rheta Murry

For women in ministry: Opt for peace – Mary Southerland

"Crosses are not the places where faith is killed but where it is proven." – Calvin Miller author of The Christ of Easter

"The cross is the way of the lost
the cross is the staff of the lame
the cross is the guide of the blind
the cross the strength of the weak
the cross is the hope of the hopeless
the cross is the freedom of the slaves
the cross the water of the seeds
the cross is the consolation of the labourers
the cross is the source of those who seek water
the cross is the cloth of the naked" – African Hymn, 444 Surprising Quotes about Jesus

"I owe my Lord a morning song, for Jesus rose at dawn; he made death die and would not lie, that others might live on." – John L. Bell

"Each day, 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter." – The National Confectioners Association (

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