A "Must Read" book! Timeless principles explained in a timely way! I've used the principles in this book in military units as a Navy chaplain to reach single Marines, and in a military prison (where attendance is averaging over 100 out of 325 inmates). WARNING: Use the principles, but do not try to be a copycat (Rick Warren tells you this, too).
I pastor of a small baptist church and I highly recommend this book! It is a must for any pastor looking for solid advice on practical ministry in the real world. You can't get this in seminary--Thank you Rick!
Absolutely the best book written in the past 15 years - in any area of Christianity all together. Period. Rick Warren is solid Biblically, and yet he understands how to use the brain God gave us to use modern methods that are married to an uncompromising message in order to reach a modern society that is dis-interested with church.
As a pastor of a local church I believe this is the best book on Church that I have read. I does not deal with church growth gimics or fads - it deals with connecting everything we do in the church to the basic biblical purposes of the church. I am in the process of taking all our key lay leaders through a study of this book and how it connects to the scripture. I highly recommend reading this book to all pastors and serious church leaders.You may not agree with all of Rick methods - but the basic principles he details are very biblical!
At the outset of this work, Warren stated that he would display a way to grow a church without compromise. Mr. Warren has completely failed at the task. In fact, in the estimation of this reviewer, he has compromised almost everything.