The P E A C E Plan is an initiative begun by Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Senior pastor Rick Warren's stated intention in launching the P E A C E (or PEACE) Plan is to involve every Christian and every church in every nation in the task of serving people in the areas of the greatest global needs. The tag-line is 'Ordinary people empowered by God making a difference together wherever they are'. P E A C E is an acronym for the stated methodology for achieving the plan: "Plant churches that promote reconciliation - Equip servant leaders - Assist the poor - Care for the sick - Educate the next generation."
An outline of the plan
In launching the P E A C E plan, Warren identified what he called the five Global Goliaths:
- Spiritual Emptiness
- Egocentric Leadership
- Extreme Poverty
- Pandemic Diseases
- Illiteracy and lack of education
Warren claims that these problems are so large that every attempt by the public and private sector has failed, and that the only organization big enough to take on these problems is the network of Christian churches around the world.
A strategy for addressing these problems would be to "do what Jesus did", and this intention is translated into the five elements making up the P E A C E acronym. They are:
- P - plant churches that promote reconciliation
- E - equip servant leaders
- A - assist the poor
- C - care for the sick
- E - educate the next generation
In 2005, Time magazine reported that Warren had been asked by Rwandan President Paul Kagame to help his country become a "Purpose-Driven nation". To implement this, Warren has enlisted over 2,000 Saddleback Church members to go to Rwanda in small groups to initiate a national strategy, and the cooperation of 600 Rwandan churches. Business leaders and leaders of parliament in Rwanda are also involved.
To Every Nation and Global Cities
By the end of 2010, Saddleback members have gone to every nation around the world to make a difference through the PEACE Plan. In each country, the members partnered with local churches to meet the needs of the community. In 2013, Saddleback Church launched its first international sites through the PEACE Plan: Hong Kong, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Manila (launched in early 2014).
3-Legged Stool Concept
This concept was introduced by the business management writer Peter Drucker as a means to bring together the different sectors in society. Drucker believed that the only way to persuade the world to accept change was to engage public, private and social sectors, working together to effect change. The three "legs" of the stool are:
- a public sector of effective governments
- a private sector of effective businesses
- a social sector of effective community organizations, including faith-based organizations
Rick Warren was mentored by Peter Drucker for several years and has been promoting the 3-legged stool concept with vigor. Now Warren is using the Stool Concept in conjunction with his P.E.A.C.E. Plan.
- Time, August 22, 2005