Rick Warren is an evangelical leader, best-selling author, and founding and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California. Along with his wife, Kay, Warren founded Saddleback in 1980 with[…]
Warren is a pastor, an author, a global strategist, a toolmaker, a philanthropist, a father, and a grandfather.
Question: Beyond a simple title, how would you describe what you do?
Rick Warren: I wear a lot of hats. I’m a pastor. I’m an author. I’m a global strategist. I’m a toolmaker. I’m a father and a grandfather, and I’m a philanthropist. So in each of those areas, my life is very varied and has a lot of different implications to it. But I enjoy every bit of it.
I’m an amateur. And “amateur” comes from the word “amore” which means “I do it out of love”. Nobody pays me to do what I do. I’m not paid as a pastor. I’m not paid as an author. I don’t take the royalties from it. I’m not paid. When the book “Purpose Driven Life” came out, we were able to begin reverse tithing where we give away 90% of our income and keep 10%.