Rick Warren retiring as lead pastor at California megachurch

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has introduced his retirement right after 42 years of leading Saddleback Church in Southern California. A research for his successor will be introduced this 7 days.

The well-known evangelical pastor and greatest-selling creator told his congregation on Sunday that the research is not the conclusion but the “beginning of the beginning,” The Orange County Sign-up claimed Monday.

Warren, 67, said he will go on to serve as lead pastor until eventually a successor is in location. He stated he will then action again into a less “visible placement as founding pastor.”

There is no timeline for the lookup, which will look at candidates equally in just and exterior the church. Warren declined to converse about his retirement designs on Monday.

“Kay and I produced this insane guarantee when we ended up 25 several years previous that we would give 40 several years to one area, that we would not move and that we wouldn’t be tempted to go to one more church,” Warren said just before preaching his 40th Easter provider in 2019.


Warren mentioned then that he was made available a sequence of work opportunities with Christian organizations, seminaries and denominations, but in no way moved.

With its main campus in Lake Forest, south of Los Angeles, Saddleback Church has grown to 14 locations in Southern California with an ordinary weekly attendance of 30,000. There are 4 worldwide campuses, in Hong Kong, Germany, the Philippines and Argentina.

Warren, who has a lot more than 11 million social media followers, has composed a number of publications, together with “The Goal Pushed Lifetime.” In 2005, Time magazine named Warren just one of the “100 Most Influential People today in the World.”

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