Discover Saddleback Church's Proven Method for making disciples out of new church attendees... even during a pandemic.
Dear Church Leader,

If you're experiencing a decline in attendance, membership, or overall participation... then this may be one of the most important letters you read in 2021. 

Because over the course of the last several months, while more than 81% of churches are reporting decline in viewership/attendance due to the restrictions for COVID 19—there's a number of churches that are quietly increasing membership, improving biblical literacy, and advancing the mandate to "go and make disciples. 

The difference between the two different sets of churches?

It's simple. 

The ones that are stagnant in participation and growth have no real assimilation plan or system to encourage their participants to become fully committed believers in Christ. 

Many other churches that do have a discipleship model are using an outdated assimilation program that "doesn't work" anymore for today's culture. 

Sadly, some have no assimilation plan at all!

In this letter, we're going to show you a method so easy to implement and get started... it practically runs itself. 

And when you start this method, church attendance increases, members are made, ministry involvement skyrockets, and you begin to feel good about leading or pastoring your church once again. 

Members new and (not so new) begin to discover their purpose in the Body of Christ as they feel more confident and equipped to share the Gospel with others outside of the church. 
Church-goers who often question their life mission and their church's vision begin to see a new fire in the church, and passion begins to emerge. 

It doesn't matter if you have online services only, or do a mix of in-person and online services. 

"I have no idea where we would be right now without CLASS. It'd be a total bummer for us if we didn't have this tool during the pandemic."

Over the last several weeks, the team has taken time to interview a number of CLASS pastors from Saddleback's Lake Forest campus to find out how successful they are at assimilating people into the life of the church by using Saddleback's system called CLASS... especially during the pandemic. 

What we found was astounding.

Even though the Saddleback Church campuses have gone almost completely virtual... they're still getting a steady stream of new faces to disciple, each and every week. 

New members are being made on a consistent basis, which bolsters the morale of the church and strengthens the Body of Christ. 

There's a place where new believers can go to learn more about their faith journey, and don't feel left out. 
According to Lifeway Research... 6 in 10 churches are plateauing or declining.   The lack of a solid, biblical assimilation program is essential to church growth.
But the Saddleback churches are experiencing the opposite... 
  • New Membership Classes are filling up every month...
  • Home baptisms are happening on a consistent basis...
  • Online church services are attracting more viewers than ever...
  • Members are being equipped for ministry...
  • Tithing/Giving is remaining steady during the pandemic...
...and what can they attribute all of this to?

The CLASS Discipleship Program. 
Created by Pastor Rick Warren, the CLASS discipleship program is a proven pathway to grow your people spiritually.

CLASS leads to spiritual transformation — empower your people to become both hearers and doers of the Word.

CLASS is trench-tested — Taught for more than 35 years at Saddleback Church and thousands of churches—of every size and shape—all around the world.

CLASS is fully customizable — We provide easy-to-use files that you can customize to better fit the needs of your church.

Here's what you get when you invest in the CLASS discipleship program:

Class 101: Discovering Our Church Family
Class 201: Discovering My Spiritual Maturity
Class 301: Discovering My Ministry
Class 401: Discovering My Life Mission


The Teacher's Guide contains teaching tips and transcripts from Rick Warren. The Participant’s Guide contains key points, Scriptures, and notes. It also has fill-ins so your members can follow along and take an active part in their learning process.

To best serve your needs, these files come in the following digital formats:

Microsoft Word — For most churches, this will be the file you edit to fit your context.

Adobe PDF — This printable format will give you an idea of what we use at Saddleback.

Adobe InDesign — These files are our original design files. If you are looking to have your adaptation of CLASS professionally designed, the Adobe InDesign files will enable the designer to edit rather than starting from scratch. This saves time and money!

FREE BONUS: Presentation Slides—Available in PowerPoint, Keynote, and JPGs for any presentation software.

A clear pathway for your church will inspire movement towards spiritual growth, leading to increasing . . .

- Salvation commitments
- Baptisms
- Small group involvement
- Tithing and generosity
- Service in ministry and engagement in sharing of their testimony and outreach to your local community.
Discovering Our Church Family

Class 101 is a basic introduction to our church family and is designed to clearly explain who and what your church is to new members and existing church-goers alike. 

This class covers Salvation, Statements, Strategy, and Structure. 

The fact is that everyone has a longing to find a place where they are desired and respected. Whether you have a steady stream of new members coming to your church, or a congregation of existing members... Class 101 will be eye-opening for many, and a great refresher for others. 

At the end of Class 101, participants will have the opportunity to fill out, sign, and submit a Membership Application or wait until another time.

It is through Class 101 where many will receive the message of the Gospel for the first time. 

Many salvations have been made through Class 101 and continue to be made. 

Class 101 is the gateway into the remaining CLASS sessions. 
Discovering My Spiritual Maturity

Life wasn't meant to be lived standing still. We should always be moving, learning, and growing as people and as followers of Jesus. 

But it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. 

It's not that you're unwilling to grow—maybe you just aren't sure where to start or what to do next. 

But it could be as simple as establishing a few key habits in your life to get you on the right track. 

Class 201 is designed to teach you about these simple habits, and show you the different steps you can take to mature and grow as a Christian.

Here's what you can look forward to in Class 201:

• Slow down the busyness of your schedule by learning how to develop a daily time with God.

• Stop feeling like you're alone in your problems by finding the right small group.

• Let go of materialism by learning how to give to God first.
Discovering My Ministry

God did not design ministry for just a few with seminary degrees. 

We believe that every member of a church is a minister. 

During Class 301, you will learn how God can use your Spiritual Gifts, your Heart (passions), your Abilities, your Personality, and your Experiences (S.H.A.P.E.) to minister to the needs of others. 

When you chose to follow Christ, you were given special abilities, known as Spiritual Gifts. 

God gave you these gifts for you to use to build up his Church. God also gave you passion for particular activities and subjects. 

Having the heart for specific things, people, or circumstances guides us into a ministry that we really care about. 

In Class 301, you will be shown how to assess your abilities, gifts, and passions to see where in ministry you will love to serve.
Discovering My Life Mission

God created you with a purpose. That personal, yet church-wide purpose, means connecting flawed human beings with our perfect and eternal God.

Your own story of how God has worked in your life is one of the most effective tools you have for connecting people to God. In Class 401, you’ll learn how to communicate that story to your neighborhood, workplace, and around the world.

By using your own gifts, personality and story, you’ll touch people only you can touch. Your life experiences can be a bridge to a friend or family member who is seeking Christ.

God’s global plan includes reaching people from every nation with the Good News of Jesus. In Class 401, you’ll get a picture of what God is doing throughout the world to bring his people to himself. You’ll also find out how you can be part of his global plan.

Finally, we’ll share with you 15 opportunities for you to get started in sharing your faith immediately. At the end of Class 401, you can pray about joining Saddleback on the greatest adventure of your life.
Get the Full CLASS Discipleship Curriculum TODAY for Only $149

Just a small portion of some of the real-life testimonials Saddleback receives on a consistent basis from the CLASS program:

"I felt connected and welcomed. The sincere passion of every pastor during the class made me excited to take the next steps in my faith journey." -2020 Class 101 Participant

"Covered absolutely everything. Much more thorough than I hoped. Absolutely clear on church doctrine, beliefs, and values." 
-2020 Class 101 Participant

"I was very pleased with how laid back the class is. It was very informative, but I did not feel like I was being pushed to make decisions I wasn't comfortable with, or people making decisions for me. The speakers were amazing and were very good at teaching this class." 

"This class helped me fully understand the meaning of baptism and the introduction of the Saddleback Church family. I think it's a useful class you have to take for considering attending." 

"I will look into joining a small group and arrange to be baptized!"

"I enjoyed CLASS. It was a little intimidating at first to be seen up close, but it is the intimacy that unites us, getting to know each other "up close" through the screen."

CLASS is designed for YOU!

You can customize each aspect to put your church's fingerprints on each and every component. 

Think of it like an entire discipleship program in a box, that starts to transform the church in a positive direction from day one. 

Once the program is up and running... it almost runs itself!

Get all the PDFs, all the downloads, and all the customizable documents, INSTANTLY on your computer now.

There's nothing more to buy... ever. 

You get the full program from this one single product, and after you implement the CLASS Discipleship Program, your church will never be the same... guaranteed. 

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