Cool article on churches growing in Orange County in today’s OC Register. Saddleback’s San Clemente is mentioned as well:
On Easter Sunday, Saddleback Church members celebrated the grand opening of the church’s first satellite campus – Saddleback San Clemente.
Members watched Rick Warren, the church’s head pastor famous for the best-seller “Purpose-Driven Life,” preach on a big screen. The church is leasing San Clemente High School’s gym for Sunday use.
The main Lake Forest campus is home to about 20,000 members.
Saddleback Church, which began with seven members in Warren’s Laguna Hills living room in December 1979, hopes to eventually offer more satellite campuses.
“Not everyone likes coming to a big church,” said Saddleback pastor Rev. David Chrzan. “When a church is closer to home, people tend to feel like it’s more of their own.”