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: What are the tenets of the Christian faith?
Warren: The fundamental tenets of the Christian faith? Well one of the pastors on our staff and I wrote a series on that called “Foundations: 11 Essential Truths to Build Your Life On”. But as I understand it, the basic tenet of the Christian faith is that God is the creator of it all. He is the sustainer of it all; that He loves every person He’s ever made. He is passionately in love with every person He’s ever made and longs to be in relationship with them. I believe that as I . . . The Bible is the authority for my life. And in that I am told that Jesus is the Savior – that every person needs a Savior; that we’re all separated from God by our own personal heart of sinfulness and rebellion. And that we can’t fix it on our own, and that we need a Savior. So the basic tenets are that God is the creator and sustainer of it all. He sent His Son Jesus to be the Savior for all of the world; and that He sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and our friend. And that the Bible is our main authority. I think if I had to summarize like he four top truths about the Christian faith, it would probably be those four things.
Recorded on: 12/11/07