In an effort to empower others to live a life rooted in Christ, pastor and author Rick Warren has more than just great expectations for our generation.
Warren has kicked off a reformation that he says will “forever change the spiritual climate of our country and the world.” This movement, Radicalis, aims to reach the 20-something demographic of communities and is making its way to the surface in several hundred colleges from San Diego to Santa Barbara, as well as other universities across the country. Warren believes the three-day festival will inspire our young adults to be on fire for God.
Through campus events, resources, and artistic expression, Warren is going to facilitate the movement that he thinks will ultimately change the world.
People think it means extreme and unusual; however, “radical” is defined as “to be rooted.” Participants wish to be rooted in Christ Jesus to make an impact.
Through Radicalis, this generation will learn to live radical lives in him; lives that can reach unreached people groups across the globe.
Warren announced his newfound vision of Radicalis at the Rancho Capistrano Saddleback Church, which recently joined the mega church’s family of sanctuaries. Warren revealed the reformation in front of an energetic crowd. Radicalis 2011 is the beginning of a nationwide event expected to reach thousands and more by 2012.
“I had a dream, a vision, that we and other churches could create a premier, global-shaking mission event that could change the world,” Warren said.
The conference featured well-known musical artists Phil Wickham and Josh Fox. It is open to the public and also includes several sessions with Rick and Kay Warren as well as Pete Wilson, pastor of Crosspoint Church in Nashville and Brad Baker, Saddleback’s College Student Pastor.
Warren is reaching out to young adults of this generation so that they may grasp the concept of the PEACE plan he introduced several years ago. Warren’s PEACE plan is a hopeful response to what he identifies as the five biggest problems in the world.
“[The PEACE plan] is a movement to mobilize Christians working together in churches to: plant churches that promote reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next the generation,” he said.
The purpose of Radicalis is twofold. One is to live radically rooted lives in Jesus Christ where people get back to the basics of what it means to be a true Christian and live it in every area of their lives. The second part is the fulfillment of the Great Commission through the Church – the body of Christ.
Many Vanguard students are driven and devoted to furthering the reformation of Radicalis. Several hundred attended the both the chapel that showcased the event and Radicalis itself.
“Vanguard is a leadership factory. It is a place built to train young men and young women in leadership for the fulfillment of the Great Commission through this radical plan called the Peace Plan,” Warren explained.