Rev. David weighed 450 pounds and had to preach with a portable oxygen tank. Plus, he wanted the people in his church to give more to missions. So he motivated himself—and his congregation—to change. For every pound that he lost, he encouraged members of his congregation to pledge money toward mission.
So far, Rev. David has lost 135 pounds, and mission giving has increased by $4,500. The pastor continues to challenge himself and his congregation. He has a goal of weighing 200 pounds. To learn more about this story, visit: http://www.faithandleadership.com/features/articles/weight-loss-ministrys-gain?page=full.
Rick Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California also preaches the good news about weight loss. He emphasizes the five essential components: Food, fitness, focus, faith, and friends.
When his son committed suicide in 2013, Warren put on 35 pounds during his first six months of grieving. He now is challenging himself—and members of his congregation—to use his new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life. His goal? For everyone to lose weight and become healthy and faithful.