Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif.
11/13/2009 - The evangelical Christian movement historically has been defined by its members' distinctive doctrinal standards and practices. Yet in recent years many Americans have come to understand evangelicals more by their political, rather than religious, identity. The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life invited Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., to discuss how this political association has affected the evangelical movement, what evangelicals' most important concerns are today, and how the movement is evolving.
Warren is the author of The Purpose Driven Life, published in 2002. He hosted a presidential candidate forum at his Saddleback Church during the 2008 campaign. Several months later he delivered the inaugural prayer at President Barack Obama's swearing-in. The founder of a global alliance of pastors from 162 countries, he currently leads the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, an international effort mobilizing Christians to attack what he considers the "five global giants" of poverty, disease, spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership and illiteracy.
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif.
Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Read the full transcript The Future of Evangelicals: A Conversation with Pastor Rick Warren on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's Web site.