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March 5th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

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Partnering with Churches: Network

Thanks for all your feedback on OPEN yesterday. Today, I’d like to re-introduce you to the Network Churches, and tell you a little bit about Network. Network is a global network of churches that are strategically partnered with to reach more people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Network churches consistently utilize our video teaching messages in one or more of their weekly services or experiences. Promotional resources are also made available in advance of the targeted messages/series. All of the resources are free.

So, how does Network work? The local church continues to remain independent (leadership, governance, finances, decision-making, etc.), and simply utilizes teaching messages into one or more weekly services through DVD download. Additionally, Network churches have the flexibility to choose from over 200 past messages through Open, or they can be aligned with us through a special login to access the resources associated with our current series. We also have invited the churches that are a part of Network to participate in some of our staff training events.

Below is a list of the Network Churches and links to some of their websites. Many of them are growing rapidly and it’s exciting to see how God is working through such a diverse group of churches that are united in purpose.

Anew Church - Enid, OK
Catfish Farm Fellowship - Playa del Coco, Costa Rica
Connecting Points Community Church - Saginaw, MI
Elevation Church - Spring Hill, TN
Grace Community Church - Champaign, IL - Ada, OK - Ardmore, OK - Lawton, OK
Happy Hour Church - Nowata, OK - Traveling/RV Church
Journey Covenant Church - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Lamb’s Chapel - La Porte, IN
Life Center - Ponca City, OK
Life Church Military
Lifegate of Duncan, OK
Marantha Revival Church
New Jerusalem Fellowship
New Life Church
Real Life Church - Roland, OK
The Connexion
The Gathering Place - Chambersburg, PA
The Well - Northville, NY
Valley Fellowship - La Grande, OR

If you are interested in learning more about Network, feel free to contact Brian Ahern, Director of Partnership Exploration. Also, if you have questions about the network, feel free comment on this post…I’d be happy to help.

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  1. Mar 5, 2008 at 11:05 am

    This is such an exciting thing happening here at As part of the Internet Campus, it has been great to get to know many of you in the Network. We feel very connected to what God is doing in this area. It definitely feels like family. I can’t wait to see where God takes this Network in the future, and I believe many of you already in the Network are leading the way.

  2. Mar 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks so much for your vision and leadership in this.
    Partnering with Network has personally been one of the most encouraging things I’ve ever experienced. The Big Kingdom vision of the Network is sacrificial and envisioning. Using the Network resources has helped our teams at Grace Community to focus and simplify our other ministry efforts and actually see significantly more life change in people’s hearts.
    Let me give a huge THANK YOU to Bobby, Craig, Brian, and the many, many people behind the scenes that help equip us each week through the Network!

  3. Mar 5, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Working with Brian and LifeChurch as a Network church has been awesome. At The Connexion we just started weekly worship experiences after four monthly preview services. The content available to us is excellent and life changing. People are responding and bringing others in. Brian works hard to help out in any way he can and is a joy to work with. This is a fantastic deal! Thank you LifeChurch!

  4. Mar 5, 2008 at 1:34 pm


    Thanks for making the Network a possibility. We are seeing lives changed every week. We had a man respond to the invitation this week and after the lights came up after it was over, the man was still in his seat wiping his eyes. God was doing something mighty in him. And it’s not just salvations, but people who have been coming and have already been saved are literally being transformed before our eyes. They are plugging into Life Groups, volunteering for service, sharing Christ and inviting people. They frequently say “we just didn’t know church could be this way”. It’s amazing.

    And the network has freed me up to focus on developing other areas of ministry instead of spending so much time and energy to come up with sermons. We have grown 700% since joining the Network.

    The Network is truly a God inspired idea that is revolutionizing the possibilities for ministry today. Ministry doesn’t have to be an isolated labor. By partnering with LifeChurch there is an immediate wealth of resources, relationships, and potential that can make an eternal difference in peoples lives. And that’s what it’s all about.

    Thanks Bobby, Brian, Jerry, Craig and everyone else at LifeChurch. God is good.

    Jack Pease
    Life Center
    Ponca City, Oklahoma

  5. Mar 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Words can NOT express how GREAT an impact the resources and relationship have meant to us! Our ministry, “The Well” is a Network Church. The support we receive from Brian (who rocks!) along with the SWEET video teaching messages allows my wife and me to focus on leadersip, discipleship and outreach… areas that often get backburnered when there is not much time left after message prep and ministry management.

    Thank you for ALL that you at are doing to lead people to becoming fully devoted followers of Christ!

    Much love!

  6. Mar 5, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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  7. Mar 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I’m not sure would even exist were it not for and the Network. I know it wouldn’t be seeing the incredible impact in the number of lives changed that we have already experienced. Salvations, addictions gone, marriages healed and strengthened, children being clothed and fed, hope restored in lives, lives far from God and the church finding God and finding life. Thank you

    To those considering the Network, let me encourage you. God has created an incredible wave and you should jump on board. Our church is 6 months old in a fairly low population area and last week we had 271 people in attendance. We are NOT a church split. We started from scratch. Most of our guys had given up on church long ago. It’s fresh, it’s messy, and it’s an incredible ride.

    On a personal note…. Craig is the real deal. As a Network pastor I needed to know that. I’ve spoken with him face to face once but it was obvious from our conversation that what you see is what you get. It’s also confirmed when you interact with the support team of LifeChurch. Brian Ahern is on the ball and sharp. We’re learning as we go but he’s working his tail off to make this thing happen. Brandon D. I love you man. Craig, Sam, Jerry, Kevin, and Bobby…. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something that I believe will have global impact and touch hundreds of thousands of lives.

    PS We can’t wait to see the spotlight this weekend.

  8. Mar 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I echo the comments above me. I really love being partnered with in the network. Plus, I really can’t talk enough about how great Brian and his team are. They do so much to help our ministry out. (Brian didn’t pay me for this promotion either… I promise!)

    By the way, congrats Johnny on the growth. That’s awesome, buddy.

  9. Mar 5, 2008 at 7:01 pm


    Don and I attended the networking weekend you had last April, and have been through alot the past year. It will be one year that I’ve been pastor at New Jerusalem in April. We showed three prerecorded message series during our Sunday morning service. Networking poses its challenges. You have half that love it, and half that think it should be done some other time. After much prayer and consideration, I felt led to start a Live Saturday night experience and did so about a month ago. Ever since, the Lord has released His blessing on our fellowship. We will be having our first baptism at this church this Sunday, with 9 people getting baptized. There is a blessing on LifeChurch’s network. We are just at the beginning. Keep it coming Pastor Craig!!

  10. Mar 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Hey Bobby,

    Great post! At Connecting Points Community Church, we are so thankful for the amazing resources that we have available from! As a small church plant in a very unreached metro area in Michigan, we simply could not have the services that we have each week without the amazing support of and the great relationship we have with Brian and the team there. Thank you so much for providing the resources to us that help us be a relevant church and focus on the relationships in our church each and every week! We have also seen God do amazing things through our services. In a church of only 20 people weekly (still in pre-launch strategy), we have seen 6 people come to Christ in the past month during our services! Thanks again for everything that you do to help reach people far from God in Saginaw, MI. Whoever finds God…Finds Life!

  11. Mar 6, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Our relationship with has been awesome from the beginning. Two years ago this month began sharing the graciously given resources for us to use. The resources have changed our community and are still making an impact on other churches in communities in which we serve. We are so grateful. It is amazing how other churches begin modeling the things we do in their desire to become more relevant. The ministry of is changing our world – dramatically. It is an honor to partner with you. One member of our staff reminded us that “imitation is the greatest form of flattery.” With so much imitation of the model, you must be blushing! Blessings–Barry

  12. Mar 6, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I enjoy seeing the list of Network churches….even though we have only been attending Lifechurch (Tulsa campus) for about a year….when I see the potential with OPEN and the Network churches I can’t help but get fired up and excited about the kingdom mindedness of LC….the potential kingdom impact is tremendous….not that it isn’t important elsewhere because it definitely is, most every ministry or place that we as belivers give transforms lives….bottom line, love seeing lives changed (including mine weekly) and thrilled to be a part of what Lifechurch is doing….when I read the comments from Network church pastors or staff and check out their websites I am blessed….it is an honor to be a part of….

  13. Mar 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I just want to echo a huge thank you to all at Life who make the network happen. As Jack Pease stated earlier, we are experiencing a time of explosion at Life Center in Ponca City! We know that it would not be possible to be this relevant and this impactful without the partnership with Life Church…may our God continue to use you in new and exciting ways to seek and to save that which was lost!!

    Larry Newsom
    Worship Leader
    Life Center Ministries
    Ponca City, Ok.

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  15. 15Joaquin
    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Just wondering: why is the network only one way (life church outward)? It seems like for this to work optimally, the network would house the best ideas/resources of all these churches, not just one.

  16. Mar 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    In response to Joaquin’s question. Many in the Network share ideas and resources with each other on a regular basis. For instance Barry Worcester of has been very helpful in getting us at Life Center pointed in the right direction. Barry even has a Network blog on his website where many Network leaders share ideas and suggestions. We’ve shared many ideas with Brian at and they have changed things at times based on suggestions from the Network leaders. The Network churches are free to conduct ministry in any way they see fit, but are partnering with to utilize the teaching in a service or experience. There is a lot of give and take and resource sharing and that’s what makes the Network truly a network. This is a work in progress also and it’s an ever evolving thing that allows the freedom of all involved to follow God in their respective context to see lives changed. It’s by no means a one way thing. No one is more open to ideas that will lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ than LifeChurch and they continually seek our input on what might work better. That’s what makes LifeChurch and Brian Ahern in particular such a blessing to work with. It’s about the Kingdom, not any one person or organization. May God be honored in all that we do.

  17. Mar 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm


    I see Jack beat me to the punch in answering your question. Let me add this: has been affected more than people know by the successes of network churches. So it IS a two way street even though it may not be obvious.

    Let me also add that our church,, would not be possible without the LC Network.

  18. Mar 10, 2008 at 7:39 am

    hey i was just wondering there was ever a way to discuss what people do at their church NOT on sunday morning. I mean things like addressing issues of justice and poverty, service, how people engage people in bible studies, deeper spiritual growth, maybe even community? i don’t know.. i mean i like the stuff i read, but as someone who works at a community development corporation started by our church, i’m always interested in what others are doing and learning innovative ideas for building the church from that perspective..


  19. 20David
    Mar 10, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I have a lot of passion about networks churches. I had the opportunity to attend Anew Church in Ada, Ok. I left excited about the rawness and the potential. The thought of being a part of changing lifes in a contemporary way thru the church is motivating. I don’t condider myself a leader outside the church arena. Maybe because I’m not passionate about anything else. I have had thoughts of going into the ministry but I don’t know if I have what it takes (personality, influence). Any suggestions?

  20. 21Moses Kwee
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    warm calvary greeting from the jesusevangeliscal church ministries family in Liberia West Africia.
    we write seekiung more detailed information about how best we could partnership with you as we also have similiar heart for mission.
    please let us hear from you.
    God Bless
    Pastor Moses Kwee. +231 7794 5485

  21. 22Please Help
    May 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I heard there is a network church in Houston but can’t seem to find any information. Does anyone know if there really is one and where it’s located.
    I have been a part of Lifechurch.TV for 10 years now but am relocating to Houston in June and don’t want to miss out!!
    Any help would be appreciated!

  22. May 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    The first is part of the LC Network is a great multi-cultural church in Houston Dre Burgs is the pastor.

    Then you may also want to try Scott Rodgers was on our team at for 6 years and is now working there.

  23. 24diane sturmer
    Aug 14, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hi. Are there any network churches near rochester ny