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February 26th, 2013

by Bobby Gruenewald

Altar Ego Book Release

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I’m really excited about the release of Craig’s newest book, Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are. We are wrapping up a series by the same name at LifeChurch.tv and have heard incredible stories about how God is using these messages to change lives. Together, we’re learning how to sacrifice our false identities, which are rooted in our egos, to find our true identities in Christ.

If you have missed a week of this message series, I encourage you to go to  http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/altar-ego/1 and get caught up! You can find Altar Ego online and in your local bookstore starting today. Here’s a quick link for your convenience: http://go2.lc/aebook.

If you’d like to order a case of books for your staff or church, you can contact lori.tapp@lifechurch.tv for a discounted rate.

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January 24th, 2012

by Craig Groeschel

Round Tables at LifeChurch.tv

In order to help serve churches, we will be hosting several round tables this year. Here is information on the first two.

ARC (Association of Related Churches) will be doing a one day Leadership Forum for all pastors and church leaders at LifeChurch.tv. Pastor Chris Hodges, Rick Bezet, Joe Champion, and I will be contributing.

This round table is for those who are interested in church planting and for pastors interested in developing their leadership skills. The forums will be a great time of learning, sharing ideas and growing relationships in a dynamic setting. There will also be an opportunity for you to learn about the vision and mission of ARC and how you can join the team!

When: Monday, February 27, 10am to 2:30pm

Where: LifeChurch.tv/Edmond

Cost: The event is free.

Contact: Marc@weplantlife.com

Multi-Site Round Table

I will be hosting a small round table for senior pastors of churches with 2500 or more in attendance that are going multi-site or are already doing multi-site ministry.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 8:30am to 4pm

Where: LifeChurch.tv /Edmond

Cost: The event is free. I’m asking that all churches make a generous donation towards church planting.  Every dollar given will be used to help start new churches. This event is limited to 22 pastors. Email lori.tapp@lifechurch.tv for more information or to reserve a spot.

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January 19th, 2012

by Craig Groeschel

ACCEPTABLE PRIDE?

We know God opposes the proud. But some forms of social media seem to have redefined what pride is and what it’s not.

For example: Imagine if I stood before our church and told everyone, “Joe Smith said, ‘Craig you are the best preacher ever! Your sermons changed my life.’ And Jill Denny said, ‘I loved your book. Everyone should read it. You are the best author I’ve ever read!’ Not only that, but Mike Mitchell said, ‘Craig, Life Church is the best church in the world! No church is as good as Life Church.’”

Chances are good most people would look at me funny and think I’m a little full of myself for saying such things.

But if I simply retweeted those exact same statements, my retweets would seem totally acceptable to most. Honestly, I’m wondering if that is acceptable to God, or if it’s just pride in disguise.

I believe we need to walk a very careful line in ministry (I am certain I have crossed this line at times). Sure we want to celebrate what God is doing in our churches. Of course we want to get the word out about a new series or a book we’ve written. Unquestionably we want to share more reasons to give praise to our God.

But at the same time, we need to be careful that we’re not drawing attention to ourselves.

Your thoughts?

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December 6th, 2011

by Bobby Gruenewald

Free Platform Helps Any Church Launch an Online Ministry

One of the most common questions we receive about Church Online is, “how can I start something similar at my church?” That’s why I’m excited to share this news about the Church Online Platform…

If you’d like to stay in the loop as we near the launch date of January 9, just enter your email address at ChurchOnline.org. And if you know churches who might be interested, please share this post with them!

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December 9th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Online All Staff Meeting

We had our first online “All Staff Meeting” this week. Several people were asking how we did it, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts.

HOW? We used our church online platform at www.churchonline.org.

WHY? Since our staff is spread out, bringing them together is costly, time consuming, and challenging. We hoped an online event would provide us with the opportunity to communicate, inspire and motivate.

In addition to simply receiving information, the staff had the additional benefit of talking to each other through the online chat.

SURPRISES: None of us had any idea how much fun we’d have. I was laughing out loud much of the time at the hilarious chatting. The staff was buzzing with excitement the day after the meeting.

When we asked people to get serious, they did quickly. The corporate worship was powerful and the prayer time was deeply moving.

We will continue to meet together in person and do an online event once or twice a year when it makes sense. Here is a short clip from the meeting.

If any staff members would like to add some thoughts about your experience, please do.

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October 14th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Catalyst One Day : Virginia

Catalyst One Day is coming to Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia next Thursday, October 21. Join Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel for a one day leadership event focusing on the topic of Momentum. How to create it, how to sustain it, and how to implement systems and tactics in your organization that will fuel momentum on a continual basis. This practical leadership experience includes Q and A, dynamic music, and insight from two of the principal leadership voices in the Church today.

Visit www.catalystoneday.com to register to attend. Use special Rate Code SWERVE to receive a discounted ticket price of $99.

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October 12th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Be Good at Something Different

In ministry, most churches and leaders try to be good at what everyone else is good at doing. We’re trying to improve our preaching, youth groups, kids’ curriculum, worship, environments, etc.

The problem is that we’re not blessed with the same gifts or called to the same types of ministries. Why not give yourself permission to be good something that few others are striving to do?

Maybe you can be phenomenal at digging water wells, sponsoring kids, or impacting the world through 6 a.m. prayer gatherings. Maybe you’re called to serving your community with radical generosity, doing evangelism through Facebook, or leveraging your wealthy suburban church to support three struggling inner city churches.

Rather than being good at the usual ministries, be good at something you’re uniquely positioned to do. Be good at something different.

What is something different you (or your ministry) can do?

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September 28th, 2010

by Guest Blogger

Guest, Kendra Golden: Orange Week

Over the last two years, our teams have made many changes to reach kids and students more effectively. We’ve tried simple things—like involving youth and children’s staff in the same retreats—and complex things—like aligning our elementary, middle school, and high school content with Pastor Craig’s message series back in May. This month, Pastor Craig invested his whole series I Believe in You to cast vision for how we can fuel the faith of the next generation.

Many of the best strategies we’ve incorporated come from the Orange concept. Orange simply means the church (yellow = light) combining forces with parents (red = heart and home). Reggie Joiner and his team at Orange have brought this idea into reality for churches across the world. On average, they estimate that church gets kids and students about 40 hours per year, while parents have them for about 3,000. To make a deeper impact, we must do less thinking red or yellow and more learning to Think Orange.

This week, check out the posts of several family ministry bloggers who are celebrating Orange Week by posting about their experiences with going Orange.

How Orange is your church? What’s the most effective thing you’ve done to target the next generation?

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