USA (MNN) — Rick Warren, founder of Purpose Driven Ministries and author of The Purpose Driven Life, will be speaking at the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Warren will speak at the October convention on his PEACE plan. The plan is "very similar to the concerns of the Baptist General Convention of Texas," according to Charles Wade, executive director of BGCT.
It's an endeavor to get the church to be the forerunners in eliminating social issues such as illiteracy, poverty, and AIDS. His sermon will be the focal point of the meeting which is called "Missions – Together We Can Do More." Up to 2.3 million people from 5,600 congregations could be in attendance at the conference.
Time magazine has named Warren America's New People's Pastor. "Rick has caught the attention of the people around the world with his vision of what local churches can do to make a genuine difference in solving the giant problems facing humanity," said Wade. The Economist calls Warren one of the most influential pastors in America.
Warren's Saddleback Church started with one family in 1980 in Lake Forest, California. Currently 22,000 attend weekly.