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March 12th, 2007

by Bobby Gruenewald

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LifeChurch.tv has a Second Life Church Campus

For the last few months we have been working on a virtual campus in Second Life. If you are not familiar with Second Life, you can read more about it in Wikipedia.

We purchased an island (16 virtual acres of real estate) and have worked with both in-house and outside developers to develop the property. There are still several areas of the island that we have not developed, but we are opening the island for a “beta test” this week.

You can download the software and create an avatar (see the wiki above) on Second Life for free and using the map you can search for “Experience Island” then teleport there. If you already have the software installed you can simply go here.

Some of the things to checkout when you are there:

- On-demand video
- Free LifeChurch.tv T-shirts
- The environment and theming of our LifeKids area and the building in general
- The Mysecret.tv glass house

Also, on the island you will see an area dedicated to content from our friends at xxxchurch.com. I need to warn you that there is a huge problem on Second Life with porn and “virtual sex”. It is one of several reasons we are there, but it is also something that you need to be on guard about.

Below you can see several screenshots of the island and buildings.

We will have a grand opening very soon, but in the meantime visit Experience Island if you can and give me your feedback please.

Experience Island Front

Kids lobby lobby viewing stations

worship xxx mysecret

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  1. Mar 12, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    [...] Check out the official announcement at the Swerve blog to learn all about it…. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. [...]

  2. Mar 12, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    This is wierd and wild stuff- Johnny Carson

  3. Mar 12, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Bobby, Your team did an amazing job on this. Great work!

  4. Mar 12, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Let me know when the official launch is so I can be there. Is this campus going to be listed on the “real world” website?

  5. 6Michelle Richards
    Mar 12, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Crazy stuff. But way to be relevant in our culture! Hope many show up at the Grand Opening.

  6. Mar 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    This is totally rad! It looks even better than I imagined it.

    LifeChurch.tv is reaching into the depths.

  7. 8MikG
    Mar 12, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, now this is innovative… I’ve never been involved in any type on online game or community, but I’ll try this one.

    I once got into a conversation with a guy at a pool hall about faith, eternity, etc… his idea of eternity centered around thoughts of games and virtual communities where you create characters that have the potential to live on forever… so, in a round about way… so could you. This conversation happened about 5 years ago. I didn’t know how to respond, without stating he was a little wacky (but, he was actually serious about this) …my actual response wasn’t more than a “hmm, interesting”. Then I acted like someone was calling for me and ran away. (haha, j/k)

    I noticed in the SL registration process that I can refer a user and make someone 2000 virtual dollars. What’s the user name for whomever owns this “Experience Island”?

  8. Mar 12, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Great work guys!

    Back in November I blogged about starting a church in Second Life and thought that if someone had the right leadership and insight that the need was huge and it could work. I’m excited to see where this leads for you all.

  9. 11Adrian
    Mar 12, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Awesome. I logged into Second Life a few times before but now I gotta check out the campus. If there’s any place that is in need of some positive and Godly influence, it’s definitely Second Life.

  10. Mar 13, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Bobby: So far, just the pictures here. But I’ll see it in person soon. And I can’t wait! :)

  11. Mar 13, 2007 at 2:04 am

    This is awesome! What a cool use of technology to reach people!

  12. Mar 13, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Excellent news! I visited the work-in-progress campus today, and it looked fabulous. I met a couple of your people: a youth pastor named Scott (in RL) and a multimedia/SL builder named Casey (in SL). Talked with another gal from a church in North Carolina and we played around with the on-demand video. How awesome!

    I’ve literally been waiting for years to find a reason to go back into SL…been waiting for Christians to get off their behinds and do something constructive in a virtual reality setting. Why it took this long I have no idea, but bless you guys for trying to ride the wave of technology in service to our Lord.

    I look forward to seeing more of you there!

  13. 16ken
    Mar 13, 2007 at 6:51 am

    Awesome! I didn’t realize you were working on something like this, and this past weekend I was explaining to my wife what “Second Life” is and how cool it is that lifechurch.tv offers the internet campus. Now I see you merging the two. brilliant!

    As my wife said, you have to meet people where they’re at, and they’re definitely online.

  14. 17Gene
    Mar 13, 2007 at 7:32 am

    I’m so glad you guys are making Jesus real in a virtual world. Way to go!!!

  15. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Hmm…at first I was skeptical about this and a little bit concerned, but now that I see one of the main purposes is to actually try to make a difference in this online community, I think I’m very excited about it all. I mean, who else is present in this world to minister and reach people? No one. I’m interested to see what the future holds for this launch.

    How do you answer questions about the dangers of people losing touch with the real world when they get so immersed in the virtual world?

  16. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:14 am

    [...] I had heard about this … but now LifeChurch.tv’s Craig and Bobby have formally announced their Second Life church campus. [...]

  17. 20Lori
    Mar 13, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Bobby, I discovered Second Life a few weeks ago and have just had fun “flying” around and trying to figure out where to go. I visited Lifechurch island last night - it looks pretty cool. My husband said it models the Stillwater campus almost exactly. So are you going to have a worship team? Messages? Lifechurch music? I was the only one there last night, so am excited about getting the word out about it to others!!! (LOVED the books in the bookstore. That was really cool!)
    Thanks for being SO innovative and on the edge!

  18. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Off the hook! You guys are absolutely amazing. Whats next? I cant wait to find out.

  19. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:50 am

    [...] Read more at Swerve. [...]

  20. 23Tim
    Mar 13, 2007 at 11:16 am

    I am so there. Can’t wait to check it out this weekend.

  21. Mar 13, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Dave, I heard NASA was going back to the moon. Do you suppose…? I have a Digg item at:
    http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Church_launched_in_Second_Life
    My SL ID is TomasEduardo Schnyder (how original).

  22. Mar 13, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    [...] LifeChurch.tv has a Second Life Church Campus [...]

  23. Mar 13, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    [...] Bill Seaver at microexplosion is blogging today about LifeChurch’s new virtual campus. LifeChurch has purchased a 16 acre virtual lsland in SecondLife. [...]

  24. Mar 13, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    [...] I love innovation. Specially innovation that takes place in church. A great example of that is Lifechruch.tv soon opening their virtual campus in Second Life virtual world! Make sure to check out the post from the pastors of LifeChurch.tv Do we like it or not, but it is already a reality that a whole new generation of people is growing up more and more in the virtual reality. And projects like Second Life are just scratching the surface of the new wave of reality waiting for us in the future. [...]

  25. Mar 13, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Bobby, thanks for the reply. You make great points and I am glad you guys are willing to take a risk that most people wouldn’t even think of. I hope God uses this greatly!

  26. Mar 13, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    [...] Thankfully, at least one church family gets it. LifeChurch.tv, a multi-site church that’s been making waves because of its cutting-edge use of technology and laser-like focus on being relevant and Scriptural at the same time, is opening a campus in Second Life. Experience Island, as it is called, hasn’t yet officially opened, but it’s publically accessible now, so all you have to do is log into SL (the basic account is free if you aren’t already a member), teleport to Experience Island, and there it is: a church building, just like in real life, complete with a sanctuary that will host real services featuring live streaming video. Video-on-demand of previous sermons are available already. [...]

  27. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    [...] The Second Life campus is an attempt to reach another segment of the population with the good news of Jesus Christ - check it out here or read more here. [...]

  28. 33Chris Miller
    Mar 13, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Bobby this is totally awesome!!! im going to join second life now to hang out at the new campus

  29. Mar 14, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Hey, I just checked this out tonight. It is amazing, I met some of your people, and they were really helpful. Is there going to be something to do in more of those rooms? The store was amazing, and if you could add some things to that, it would be cool. Maybe a way to read a little about each of the books when you click on them. I know aobut them, but others might not. I loved the on demand video.
    my SL name: Jermane Shepherd

  30. Mar 14, 2007 at 3:14 am

    [...] Agora é a vez das igrejas! Ontem eu li a confirmação de que a igreja LifeChurch.tv mais uma vez inova e constroe a sua sede no jogo. [...]

  31. Mar 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

    [...] LifeChurch.tv have built a place in Second Life. Warning it isn’t finished it is being opened this week for beta testing, so check it out. So far I haven’t managed to get in to take a look as the Second Life team are doing some major updating, (which sort of reminds me of the Matrix movie where Neo experiences déjà vu when they change the matrix, freaky). The LifeChurch’s setup looks pretty grand from the photos I have seen, they have even set up a stall for the XXXChurch dudes, apparently Second Life is full of porn and it is great to see them tackling it head on. [...]

  32. Mar 14, 2007 at 10:04 am

    [...] LifeChurch in Oklahoma is taking 'virtual church' to a whole new level on the virtual Second Life social network (maybe Phoenix Preacher can buy its own island…or share it with a Calvary Chapel virtual church plant) [...]

  33. Mar 14, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    [...] Jag funderade på den här kombinationen kyrka + Second life för ett tag sen, och idag såg jag den första nyheten om det. Lifechurch.tv (som för övrigt har mycket bra videoundervisning) har öppnat ett nytt campus i Second life. Jag är inte helt och hållet säker på att det bara är ett positivt steg, men tycker ändå att det är kul att kyrkor finns med även där. Jag provade själv Second life för ett tag sen men tyckte att det gick alldeles för segt (på en dator med hyfsat grafikkor och bra processor) för att vara roligt. Men det är kanske dags att prova igen. [...]

  34. Mar 15, 2007 at 10:35 am

    [...] +LifeChurch.tv is one of that fastest growing multi-site churches in America. And for good reason, they know what they’re doing and they’re good at it. They stay on the cutting edge of culture by doing things with excellence and by being relevant to the people they are trying to reach. Here’s another example. They’ve purchase 16 virtual acres on the popular online game Second Life. You can read more about it here. (how popular you ask? over 4 million registered users as of last month) [...]

  35. Mar 15, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    [...] Recently I wrote about how I thought second life or its replaements will be around for a while and have a significant impact on church life. The team at LifeChurch.tv have build a campus in Second Life and invite you to go visit. It includes lots of nice features including: On-demand video - Free LifeChurch.tv T-shirts - The environment and theming of our LifeKids area and the building in general - The Mysecret.tv glass house [...]

  36. Mar 17, 2007 at 7:05 am

    I just signed up for SecondLife. I installed the setup and then tried to teleport to the LifeChurch site. However, it kept giving me a website not found. I tried it on a couple of other SecondLife sites at random. I then tried to download setup.exe file again. I looked to see if I needed to install something but didn’t notice anything. Can someone help me with this on what I might be doing wrong? I really would like to virtually go to LifeChurch but it want allow me for some reason. Thanks for any help with this…..Burt

  37. Mar 17, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    [...] While sites like these are geared towards children it very much a part of the social networking trend that’s made MySpace, Facebook, and Second Life so popular.  In fact, Second Life is actually a virtual world similar to Webkinz but is definitely adult-oriented.  One of the coolest churches on the planet, LifeChurch.tv, actually acquired virtual property and added a campus to Second Life where residents can go to the church to hear a message and connect. [...]

  38. Mar 17, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    I’m Adam1 Jacobus in the game. I met you there once at about 2:30 in the morning, Bobby. :D

    Today on the island I noticed some inner tubes on the edge of the island. Right next to the “main” welcome center. I think its new…? Way cool. Some folks and I were playing bumper tubes with those. HA!

    Anyhow, how cool would it be if there were a few more things like that around the island…. FUN things that would keep people around. I’ve pretty much decided that when I get on the game - I’m only going to two islands: Orientation and Experience. :D So… more “time killer” things on the island, please… like those inner tubes. Way cool.

    Also - in the kids area, I think you ought to put some videos in there promoting the kids program at lc… or something like that. Right now that section is sort of “cool” . . . but that’s about all.

    Another suggestion - as I fly around the place… sometimes get confused on where to go into the church at. From the air it looks like there are three or four entrances… but most of them when I go up to them are glass…and I can’t walk through! ha! Maybe you could make the entrances a little more clear? I’ll show you what I mean next time we’re in the game together.

  39. Mar 19, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    [...] One church in Oklahoma has actually designed a Second Life church .  You gotta check it out on that link.  It is a creative way of reaching people through technology.  Let’s not let culture get too far down the road before we are catching up with them.  We may get a cramp along the way and bail out. [...]

  40. Mar 19, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    [...] LINK: LifeChurch.tv has a Second Life Church Campus [...]

  41. Mar 20, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    WOW folks this is great!
    We really need do this all church in the world colud help you visiting and speaking for all nations about it.
    We are from Brazil and our blog is showing about lifechurch. All of you are examples for churches!
    congrats.
    God bless you all!
    Jesus reigns.

  42. Mar 20, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    [...] Re: LifeChurchTV Here is one link to a blog talking about the SecondLife campus of lifechurch.tv . This one is affiliated with the church although I found many out there that are not affiliated with the church talking about this new phenomenia. Apparently this is the new wave with media in general. You’ve got to reach people where they are at, even in the virtual world. LifeChurch.tv has a Second Life Church Campus at LifeChurch.tv : swerve [...]

  43. Mar 21, 2007 at 4:17 am

    [...] ?а прошлой неделе LifeChurch.tv о?новала церков в виртуальном мире Second Life. Это не перва? церковь, о?нованна? в SL, но их вли?ние уже ощутимо, т.к. люди ?о в?его мира, чь? нога в жизни не ?тупит на порог на?то?щей церкви, по?ещают их виртуальную церковь. Более подробно читайте зде?ь (англ.) [...]

  44. Mar 21, 2007 at 11:58 am

    I’m Administrative Pastor of Northbound Sim-Unity Church in Second Life, a ministry of Northbound Community Church in Thousand Oaks.

    Craig, I’m absolutely thrilled to see LifeChurch.tv building a sim presence in SL. You’re sure right about the need for the Christian community to be there.

    Benjamin Psaltery of ALM CyberChurch (aka Benjamin R. Faust of Living Sounds), along with Rick Liveoak and others, started the SLCLA (Second Life Christian Leaders Association) as a means to help promote the Christian community in SL and to help keep us all focused on ministry, message, and evangelism the way our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would want them done in this cyber-environment.

    I’m an officer of SDG (the website listed) - Soli Deo Gloria means “for the glory of God alone”. We are always looking for good solid Christian events and sims to send our members to - I think we just found a goldmine for the Lord. Thank you - I hope this is just the beginning of many other churches and major ministries building a presence in Second Life.

    BTW, we have an event coming up - Redemption Week Tour - please keep an eye open for it.

    Thanks again - can’t wait to come visit!

  45. 51Cindy Alvarado
    Mar 21, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    I’m Cyndi Uriza in SL and I have been exploring SL for about a month prompted by a Sunday School class I’m doing at Dearborn Covenant on using technology for the Lord. The Life Church build looks good. It needs some food and coffee, though. I could get you some. I’ll be back when you open. Are you going to have in-world bible study and such, or just stream from RL? My experience in SL with churches so far is that a good church has people around talking all the time. Just being a place where seekers can come and talk, maybe with some awsome scenery is what really seems to draw new people in. if I can help you in-world at all, just shoot me an IM.

  46. 52Chris Miller
    Mar 22, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Hey Bobby my name is Kristopher Fredriksson see you in SL

  47. Mar 24, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Virtual church:
    “Churches ad hoc”
    http://www.efn.org/~hkrieger/church.htm

  48. Mar 25, 2007 at 1:28 am

    i’m in, bobby. under the name DO Balut.

    see ya in a few hours hopefully.

  49. Mar 25, 2007 at 2:49 am

    pretty stinkin’ cool, y’all.

    bit of a learning curve to get started up - i hate to admit i didn’t know a THING about this stuff (SL) until i read this post. but i got thru the setup and learned a little navigation and got my free t-shirt. (ok, so i took three - thanks.)

    i love the fact that you have music and videos running all the time (or available at least).

    looking forward to a service. i’m gonna have to skip a couple services here at healing place again to check the new LC campus out.

    thanks for what y’all are doing for the Kingdom. so much potential in this stuff, and thanks to y’all, it’s not just potential anymore, it’s reality.

    now if we could get better bandwidth in mozambique and swaziland, i’d get my children’s cup friends going to LC virtually.

  50. Mar 28, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    [...] We have been in a beta test of our Second Life campus for the last couple of weeks and we are already getting some great questions and commentary from the media about our purpose in having a “virtual church” in Second Life. Additionally, many people have been asking the question: What is Second Life? Why should I care? Instead of responding everywhere…I figured I would discuss the purposes here: [...]

  51. Mar 29, 2007 at 9:42 am

    [...] So last night I went and visited a lifechurch.tv campus. It took me about five minutes to get there and less time to get back. Where is this campus you ask? Well, it’s in another world, a virtual world. “Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 5,070,467 people from around the globe.” it’s been around for a while, but I am just now stumbling upon it. It’s definitely a new way of doing church. Check out some pics from my visit to their campus. Yeah, my virtual name is “Fazha Flanagan.” Also, here is a link to the Life Church blog post. [...]

  52. 58gibbin
    Mar 29, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    thanks for reaching out to the second life folk–

    let’s pray–

    – thank You Lord for sending Your church into this place! You are often found by those not looking for You!!!! We pray for more workers, Lord , and a great harvest! let the second life folk experience second birth!!!! we love You, Daddy!!!! In Jesus’ mighty name!!!!!amen!

  53. 59Pete C (UK)
    Mar 30, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Hi,

    First off let me say Ithink what you guys have put together on SL is awesome!

    But you asked for constructive criticism, so here goes:

    I think we need to remember that churhc does not consist of great campuses, even in cyber space! A church is made up of individuals. Most people are on SL for only a few reasons - escapism, entrepreneurialism, hedonism or just seeking!

    If we at LC want to reach these people we have got to offer something more than a great place to visit and some brilliantly technicla video feeds and links to other websites.

    We need to have people there too! If you want to reach out to the SL seekers and escapers you need to have someone there ALL the time. (I know this is still early days yet and i would be surprised if someone has not already planned this) but you need to set up a team of volunteers (in every timezone if possible) to provide a welcome face and a helping hand for those people that God will draw to this great place, to get alongside them and help them to find what they are seeking at God’s place in SL!

    I dont know how you can organise such a massive undertaking, but if you need some input during UK daylight hours I should be able to find some time!

    My user name on line is Elijah Docherty.

    I look forward to hearing and watching more of LC on SL!

    This is just awesome guys well done!

    Pete C

  54. 60Gary Merillat
    Mar 30, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Hi, I’m Makarios Enoch in SL. I visited there today for the first time. Quite interesting. I met another LifeChurch.tv member and chatted briefly. Thanks for your labors. Hopefully, many opportunities to impact lives will arise.

  55. Apr 10, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    [...] A while back, my friend Cory and I were talking about a church in his area, LifeChurch.tv, that was doing some pretty radical things.  Billboard campaigns, buying virtual property in Second Life, being an internet church, etc. [...]

  56. 62troy raifsnider
    Apr 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    today i spent close to 5 hours on the island, watched all the mysecret video spots( sent in a confession) its a great series plan on watching it again..then watched a couple of the urban ledg series then sat through my first live sunday service right in second life… i didnt want to leave it was awesome thank you for it.

    moose Houston SL name

  57. Apr 15, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Troy,

    Thanks for the comment. So glad the ministry is helpful to you! God’s best to you in Houston!

  58. Apr 15, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    [...] Tony Dye LifeChurch.tv Makes Internet History Sunday April 15th 2007, 10:14 pm Filed under: Churches If you haven’t heard the news or don’t frequent SecondLife. It is time that you do. LifeChurch.tv has recently opened a new campus in SecondLife, the virtual reality world (www.secondlife.com). Read more about this new campus at LifeChurch’s blog. I had the opportunity to see this campus take shape (literally) back in February. I had heard that this was in the works and came across their campus in SecondLife. Sure enough…right before my eyes…one of the developers contracted by LifeChurch was scripting and creating parts of the building as I watched. I had the opportunity to chat with him for about a half hour. When he discovered I was a pastor (or ‘priest’ in his words), he remarked “gad!” I laughed.  We had a great conversation and I even had the opportunity to pray with him and share some Scripture. An hour later, I had conversations with two other SecondLifers that led to productive discussions about Jesus Christ and the Bible. Without a doubt, SecondLife is in its own form…a mission field. My applause for LifeChurch.tv for going where no church has gone before. [...]

  59. Apr 25, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    [...] Nesse último domingo tive a oportunidade de visitar uma igreja que admiro muito. Fui até a Life Church… no Second Life. Isso mesmo, o meu avatar esteve presente no culto das 9:30hs (horário do SL, 13:30hs em São Paulo/Brasil) do campus virtual da igreja liderada pelo pastor Craig Groeschel. [...]

  60. May 3, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Going Viral - The need for the Church to catch on to Web 2.0

    In his book, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell describes the tipping point of a fad or trend as that moment when it takes on a life of its own and spreads like wildfire. His intended reader audience are corporate leaders looking how to take their pro…

  61. May 4, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    [...] Worshiping By Cartoon. LifeChurch.tv, America’s most innovative church (.pdf), has recently opened a campus in the virtual reality world of Second Life. In Second Life, you move an “avatar” (or cartoon representative) through 3-D representations of streets, shops, clubs, stores, and other buildings while you interact with the avatars of other people. The virtual church campus is staffed by the avatars of LifeChurch.tv volunteers. [...]

  62. 68starfan
    May 14, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Dean Inge said it best:

    “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.”

    Relevance is a race that never ends. The problem with its pursuit is that the focus becomes ever reliant on the subjective nature of the individual as opposed to the objective nature of Christ’s work on the cross. Unfortunately, this creates a paradox for the church that sells an experience to the seeker. That seeker will always be seeking an experience that satisfies his or her current tastes based on the “relevant” culture of the moment.

  63. 69Rev-Ortell
    May 16, 2007 at 8:48 am

    What do you do when someone DOES get sucked into virtual life? And when comments are made, “I wish I had the life I have in SL?

    Thanks

  64. May 21, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    [...] That being said…I thought you might enjoy watching this segment from the NBC Nightly New with Brian Williams or reading it on msnbc. It is about our Second Life efforts, though much of the dialog could just as easily have been about our Internet campus. [...]

  65. May 23, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    [...] “We purchased an island (16 virtual acres of real estate) and have worked with both in-house and outside developers to develop the property,” writes Bobby Gruenewald, a pastor at LifeChurch.tv, which also has nine real-life campuses. [...]

  66. Jun 6, 2007 at 4:41 am

    [...] But this raises so many more questions. Should people make it their life’s work to enter a world like Second Life and fill it with approximations of real world things? Several businesses think so. What about churches? Should virtual churches be planted? LifeChurch.tv established a Second Life virtual church in March of this year. How much of our life will we allow to be mediated through technology? Most of you reading this may feel that a virtual environment like Second Life is a waste of time and unhealthy, so you’d draw a line there. But what about the ways that you’ve allowed communications technology to enter and shape your life already? Did you premeditate the assimilation of those things or did they just happen as you went with the flow? I love technology, and in particular, I enjoy creating online spaces where people can share themselves and interact. But, I do not want to continue down this path without thinking about it deeply. I want to be intentional in the choices I make. [...]

  67. Jun 8, 2007 at 11:08 am

    The Second Life Bible was released on June 3, 2007.

    The SLbible displays Holy Scripture passages in open chat by typing the name of the verse.

    This utility has been a great tool for sharing the gospel and Christian encouragement through the 3-D internet metaverse of Second Life.

    SLbible is freely distributed in Second Life.

    Reference URL… http://dokimos.org/secondlife/bible

  68. Jun 9, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    [...] That said, I will probably log in sometime tomorrow and check out the LifeChurch.tv streaming video from within the campus. The idea intrigues me. If you have no idea what I’m blabbering about, read this. [...]

  69. Jun 26, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Wow!

    I just stumbled upon this post and am amazed at all the places you are taking your faith - even the virtual world. I don’t use second life but I have to say your island looks good and I like the name ‘experience island.’ All the very best to you as you spread your word of goodness across ‘cyber-space’.

  70. 76Kathryn Harlequin
    Jul 12, 2007 at 1:34 am

    Yay! finally after 8 months of avoiding sex sims and horrible places I find a church in SL! Its wonderful how Sl has grown over the months :D Dont be scared to try it out!! Anywho if any of you new people need help in game IM me at Kathryn Harlequin and i’ll help ya out I have way too many landmarks and stuff to give away, so have at it hahaha :D

  71. Aug 4, 2007 at 9:22 am

    [...] In a completely different world, the guys at LifeChurch.tv are an innovative bunch indeed. Bobby Gruenewald, (Innovation Leader) is already notorious for opening up a Campus on virtual reality world Second Life.  Don’t know what it’s all about?  Check out the Wikipadia entry here and follow through his reasoning here and here. His next venture is on flavor of the month social networking mega tool, Facebook. [...]

  72. Aug 14, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    [...] I interviewed Bobby and wrote about LifeChurch.tv’s Internet Campus and Second Life efforts recently here (pdf) for Leadership Network. [...]

  73. 79Jeff
    Aug 15, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    So potentially, you could be born again in second life!? heehee

  74. Oct 16, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve been researching Second Life at work to see if it would be beneficial for our clients companies to get “in-world” and I was wondering if you guys had a church there - so I googled lifechurch in second life and there you were! I’m thrilled! I hope more churches will follow your lead - streaming sermons and videos into virtual souls. You guys ROCK!!

  75. Nov 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Hey guys I’ve been a Second Life {SL} for oh, about a year and defiantly saw the need for Jesus in many regions so I began building a church about the same time you guys did though it’s going slower than you have with you unlimited resources.

    I’ve also joined life church a month ago in Real Life{RL}. They call it Life Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma. We are originally from Tulsa but had to move to Blackwell. and after going to Church On the Move all my life, nothing was ever the same. I now see it’s never spose to be the same it’s spose to grow with you in God. You guys did a great Job. If anyone wants to help or check out my Church {Turn Life} or just wants to meet me my SL name is Dotails Allen. I also Suggest people familiar with SL Come meet with me if you would like to guide new comers for accountability in the rougher neighborhoods. One More THing Life Church Please send one of you sl staff to meet with me if you have time, Ihave a few questions plus I would like to use the sam urls if I’m allowed for broadcasting.

  76. Jan 12, 2008 at 11:34 am

    [...] “church planters” have advocated the same approach for some time and some churches have already staked out digital territory, such as LifeChurch.tv. Catholics aren’t the only religious people turning to Second Life; most of the major [...]

  77. Mar 8, 2008 at 2:28 am

    [...] about their virtual campus, Second Life, and how they are already seeing impact…check out Second Life and learn [...]

  78. 84ANON
    Mar 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I think where there is a good intention for Jesus, the people in this area of SL will need to be VERY careful.

    The internet is both a playground and a stomping ground for all kinds of creeps, sickos, and downright mean and disgusting people. Beliefs are great for them to target, and easy thing to do.

    Someone better the present to moderate this area at all times, or your asking to give the online community a seriously bad name because of sad experiences with it that you put yourself in.

  79. Apr 10, 2008 at 6:55 am

    [...] LifeChurch.tv.  They saw a situation and instead of defining it as a “problem” they recognized a need.  This “need” was a lot of people, who probably don’t know God, in a game called [...]

  80. 86Tim H.
    May 16, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    i ben to the second life campus, and i think its really good, would also be cool if there can be some added stuff, just to keep it real interesting, but so far great job

  81. Jun 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Hello everyone this is Serenity from Avaldan dropping in to say thanks to all my fans! I love you and God Bless you!

  82. 88Ed
    Oct 19, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Ive been looking everywhere for a church on secondlife. Theres oodles and oodles of opportunities for people to end up doing non-Christian things in second life. perhaps even easier to get led in the wrong direction. Some might believe that its just SecondLife, its ok, God dont care. I believe he does. Id love to help pass the word. Id like to help in anyway i can. ill be there in second life. look me up.

  83. Oct 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    [...] Kingdom to previously untapped arenas (check out the YouVersion Bible and their Second Life church campus for some examples). And Bobby has been the lead strategist behind the [...]

  84. Feb 9, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    [...] what I have discovered is that there is religion in Second Life and beyond.  Some of if it is evangelical and some of it is anything but conservative.  However, I have also discovered that Jewish [...]

  85. Jun 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Muy buen artículo! Leerlo fue de mucha utilidad, muchas gracias. Si te interesa, yo tengo un sitio web con mucha información sobre el Cabello Lacio.

  86. 92Katelyn
    Aug 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Hello,
    I visited your Second Life church location today and I loved it. My family and I use SL to stay connected because we live far apart. I am glad to see that you all are also in SL. It made me feel better about SL and gave me hope that there could be more good uses of SL.
    Thank you so much ,
    Kate

  87. Mar 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Is LifeChurch still active Second Life? I have not been back since 2007, but recently wondered if the Christian community has made any advances there. Thanks!