Rick and Kay Warren join in singing “Amazing Grace” at the close of Saddleback Church's 25th anniversary celebration – and its launch of a global “P.E.A.C.E. plan” -- Sunday at Angel Stadium in California. Photo courtesy of Purpose Driven Ministries
ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP)--Thousands of churches around the world will be setting out to eradicate five "giant problems" that oppress billions of people, Rick Warren told a crowd of 30,000 celebrating Saddleback Valley Community Church’s 25th anniversary April 17 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
"Billions of people suffer each day from problems so big no government can solve them," said Warren, Saddleback’s pastor. "The only thing big enough to solve the problems of spiritual emptiness, selfish leadership, poverty, disease and ignorance is the network of millions of churches all around the world."
Saddleback Church celebrated its 25th anniversary by combining the congregation's usual six weekend services into a single gathering at the stadium south of Los Angeles. It was the first time in many years members of the church family had been able to assemble at the same time. The event included greetings to the congregation from President George Bush and evangelist Billy Graham and featured music from Michael W. Smith, Salvador and Tait. Read More