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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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November 8th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

LifeChurch.tv comes to your home TV via ROKU

Now in addition to your computer and mobile phone, you can stream LifeChurch.tv content directly to your TV. The LifeChurch.tv channel is now available on the Roku streaming player.What is Roku? Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream content from many sources including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon.com, and now LifeChurch.tv.

Version 1.0 of the LifeChurch.tv channel offers the current and recent message series in up to HD 720P resolution. Additionally, the current Talk It Over video (featuring discussion questions about the messages) is available for small groups. Future releases will offer even more content.

LifeChurch.tv is excited to be able to offer content to the more than 1 million Roku users completely free of charge. To learn more about Roku visit Roku.com. To add the LifeChurch.tv channel, visit the channel store on your Roku streaming player. Not a Roku user? No worries. You can always access our messages at http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch or download from OPEN.LifeChurch.tv to use them at your church.

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October 28th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

The Chazown Experience

Life Church is excited to announce a FREE online teaching experience called The Chazown Experience. This course can be used in small groups, churches or retreats, or individually online.

It includes six video teaching sessions, a study guide, and facilitator guide with small group discussion questions and activities, all downloadable for FREE.

All of the resources you need can be found at: www.chazown.com.

The Chazown Experience is the perfect complement to the book Chazown. These are available at 1/2 off by the case. Contact lori.tapp@lifechurch.tv if you are interested.

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October 8th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Hiring at LifeChurch.tv

Last week we brought our entire LifeChurch.tv team together for what we call our Family Reunion—several days dedicated to vision casting and investing in each other (and a little dodgeball ;) I could not be more excited about what’s in store over the next few months and the people God has brought to our team. And right now, we’re adding to our team in several key areas. Here’s a snapshot of two of the positions, but you can find the complete listings at www.LifeChurch.tv/jobs.

Director of Network Operations

Are you a visionary, articulate and energetic leader with experience in leading an innovative team of technologists?  Do you always target excellence and drive for efficient results?  Are you full of integrity, resiliency and able to shift directions on a dime?  Then we want to talk to you!

Digerati Support Developer

Our Digerati team is looking for someone who will be a connection point for our LifeChurch.tv web properties and all those who use them. You’re a unique individual who loves to solve problems and connect with the users of those tools. Users include both LifeChurch.tv staff that utilize these tools for ministry and the overall end users. To solve problems you are able to jump in and get your hands dirty. Your tools are: PHP, APIs, frameworks, and enough frontend elements to fill in the holes.

Talent and skills are important for any hiring we do, but passion about the local church and leading others to become fully devoted followers of Christ is at the top of the list. Everything you need to apply is online, so check it out!

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August 16th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

The Death of the Five-Year Plan

When I started in ministry two decades ago, everyone I knew made five-year plans. While planning is wise and biblical, I’m changing how I plan.

Instead of planning for specific buildings, campuses, staff roles, and outreach, I’m planning to be prepared for opportunities that I can’t name today. We are creating margin and planning to respond quickly to ideas that we don’t yet have.

Speed, agility, flexibility, and financial margin are far better than a detailed road map.

We are in the ready position. Instead of asking God to bless our carefully crafted plans, we’re trying to be prepared to move when He speaks and guides.

When people ask me what we’ll be doing in five years, I laugh. I have no idea. But I’m certain it will be more fun and more impactful than anything I could plan today.

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June 24th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

The New LifeChurch.tv

LifechurchtvsiteSome of you may have already noticed the new LifeChurch.tv website we recently rolled out. Thanks for the kind words and helpful feedback some of you have sent our way. I wanted to share some thoughts about our approach to overhauling the site.

  • We’ve kept the launch fairly low-profile to give ourselves some margin as we iron out any issues that have popped up. We don’t wait to go live until things are perfect–that’s just asking for indefinite delays. Now that it’s out there, it’s easier to see what’s working and what’s not, and we have a stronger sense of urgency to get those things updated.
  • We designed for mobile first. Knowing that mobile devices are going to dominate the usage of the web in the future, we didn’t want our mobile site to be an afterthought. It drove our development and forced us to include only essential content. We killed many pages, streamlined the design, tightened up copy, and were very intentional about the interface.
  • We shifted our focus to people who are new to LifeChurch.tv. I’ve posted already about the way we offloaded some online functionality to Facebook, and that shift allowed us to change our focus for this site. Instead of trying to create a site where people would hang out (now our users are doing that on Facebook), we were able to narrow the audience and gear our content toward visitors and people who are trying to learn about us. Of course, plenty of areas (giving, resources, etc.) still offer helpful content for regular attenders, but our overall strategy is to reach out to new people.
  • We added more storytelling. I’m a firm believer in looking back to recognize all the things God has done within the life of our church. Our new site incorporates some of the work we’re doing to document, share, and celebrate what we get to be a part of.

We’re excited to get this launched and have a site that better represents who we are. What are some of your favorite church websites?

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June 21st, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Response to Flooding in OKC

Last week, several areas in and around Oklahoma City experienced flooding after record amounts of rainfall. Some of the neighborhoods near our locations saw water levels as high as 4-5 feet, which destroyed nearly everything in their homes. Flooding of this nature is very unusual for these areas, so most of these families did not have flood insurance.

Since Tuesday we’ve been working with the people in those neighborhoods to offer help clearing and cleaning their houses, food, water, prayer, and other assistance. Here are a few of the pieces from local media that have been covering the response:

Helping Flood Victims

Volunteers clean up flooded neighborhoods

We’ve been overwhelmed by the people, organizations, and businesses in the community who have jumped at the chance to help. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has been giving their time and resources so generously. It’s great to see the church being the church!

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