Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, said in their first interview with the media since their son's suicide more than five months ago that they knew all along that the day would come when they would become spokespeople for mental illness.
The Warrens told CNN's Piers Morgan during a taped broadcast of his show that aired Tuesday evening that they kept their son's lifelong struggles with mental disease out of the public eye for the sake of his dignity.
In response to Morgan's question about whether he should have done more as "Rick Warren, America's pastor" about the issue of mental health before their son, Matthew, took his life, Warren replied, "We've always known since Matthew has lived his entire life with mental illness that one day we would be spokespeople for mental illness. Kay and I have known this for years and years. more >>
California megachurch Pastor Rick Warren was in Rwanda this week and encouraged residents of the Central-East African country "to be a nation of purpose, dignity and hope," as he met with local leaders helping to advance his PEACE Plan and Purpose Driven Church initiatives.
A website titled "PEACE in Rwanda," linked to Warren's The Peace Plan website, shared several images and updates regarding the Saddleback Church pastor's travels around the country that started on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
In addition to a rally held in Kayonza District that saw hundreds turn out, Pastor Warren joined more than 200 local ministry leaders in Musanze in the northern province to teach them "how to build a healthy church to change the community it serves," according to the Rwanda PEACE Team's updates. That region reportedly also saw 2,000-plus residents turn out for a separate community rally. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life and founder of Saddleback Church, sent out a message of thanks to his Facebook and Twitter followers who've alerted the social media outlets to remove imposters soliciting money from people who think they're following the real Rick Warren.
Warren announced Tuesday that "179 of over 200 FAKE Rick Warren Facebook pages created by scammers to make money on my son's death have now been shut down. We're still working on the rest. Thanks to you friends for reporting them and thanks for 'LIKING' this real page. I appreciate you so much for your help. God bless you."
The message received more than 13,500 "Likes" on Facebook and 166 retweets and 142 favorites on Twitter. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, and his wife, Kay, spoke about their grief after the loss of their son, Matthew, and their unfailing hope in God during the Saddleback Church founders' first time back at the pulpit since their son's suicide nearly four months ago.
In an at times gut-wrenching sermon during the first of five weekend services Saturday, the congregation at the Lake Forest campus welcomed the Warrens with a long standing ovation. The couple, who attribute their son's lifelong battle with mental illness as the cause for his death, vowed to remove the stigma of the disease.
"In the middle of all that intense pain, Kay and I have felt the favor of God because of your prayers and we intend to spend the rest of our lives comforting others with the comfort we ourselves have been given by God," said Warren, after reading 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 to open his sermon, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren is scheduled to preach at Saddleback Church in Southern California next weekend, marking his return to the pulpit about three months after he lost his 27-year-old son.
He will give his sermon from the Lake Forest campus for all of the church's services beginning at 4.30 pm PT on Saturday, with online streaming available on the church's website.
Pastor Warren plans to start a series of sermons titled, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through," according to a spokesperson. more >>
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, unable to attend the Hillsong Conference in Australia in person this year, shared via Skype with Pastor Brian Houston his advice for young leaders involved in Christian ministry, as well as how he personally deals with criticism.
The Southern California megachurch pastor was asked by Houston, founder and senior pastor of Hillsong Church and visionary behind the annual Hillsong Conference, to share the main three or four things he would tell a young leader, considering the influence he has through his international church plants and global initiatives.
First on Warren's list was the suggestion to "never stop learning." The 59-year-old evangelical Christian leader insisted that one should "never stop asking questions" and that a leader can learn from anyone if he or she asks the right questions. more >>