Kay Warren is an evangelical leader, author, AIDS activist, and co-founder of Saddleback Church in Southern California. Along with her husband, Rick, Warren founded Saddleback in 1980 with just a single family to fill the pews. Today it has 120-acre campus, 22,000 weekly attendees, and has provided spiritual guidance and source material to over 400,000 ministers worldwide.
In 2002, Warren became "seriously disturbed" by the scope of the AIDS epidemic; she has since set up an AIDS ministry at Saddleback and spoken out about the disease around the world. Warren is the co-founder and co-director (with her husband) of The Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease, and illiteracy.
Warren has spoken to the United Nations Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. In 2006, Warren was among eight women honored for their humanitarian efforts at the CNN Inspire Summit. Warren is the author of Foundations Participant's Guide and Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God.
Question: How is technology changing the ministry?
Warren: Technology has changed everything. I think Rick will probably verify this, but I think we were one of the first churches on the Internet. But when the . . . Years ago back in ‘80s, I remember we had a discussion with some of the volunteers in our church who were saying we wanted to buy a computer, and I think it was gonna cost like $8,000. And I remember them saying, “We will never be able to utilize a computer that big.” You know and of course . . . you know we have hundreds and hundreds of computers now today for our staff. So that’s changed everything. It’s allowed us to be . . . to take our services and put them on the Internet. You know I’m not the techno person, but I know enough to know that it’s really changed everything.