Scott and I just finished an AMAZING interview with Rick Warren…he made some pretty special arrangements to make the meeting happen. I was impressed by his deep desire to invest in young church leader’s lives…in fact I’ve been seeing him do it all week. I was at an “invitation only” function the other night…no one knew that Rick was going to be there…but he showed up with no fanfare…no entourage…just a seasoned pastor wanting to fellowship with newer pastors. I was shocked that he was not the keynote speaker…in fact…he wasn’t there to speak at all (and only led the closing prayer)…he was just there to hang out. He was just “one of the guys” talking about social justice, the future of church planting and things that affect pastors from all backgrounds. I gotta tell you…if you didn’t know who he was…you would have never known he was a best-selling author and megachurch pastor.
People make so many judgment calls from far off…make assumptions without never really being around the person. I’m not saying that I know Rick Warren…far from it (though I would like to)…but I was around him quite a bit over the last few days. Rick has a genuine love for God…love for the local church…love for people globally…and a desire to see people come to Christ. For a man that could easily rest on his laurels…he still has the fire in his belly for the Kingdom of Christ. I was blown away and moved by that!!!