Meet the New Life.Church Open Network

About a decade ago I was a Youth Pastor that struggled to keep up and often felt isolated and alone in ministry. There was always more to do than I could make time for and Sunday was always coming... and Wednesday. I had meetings to attend, details to coordinate, more meetings to attend, volunteers to train, then a couple more meetings. While I enjoyed teaching, message prep often became a back burner task because everything else felt essential and to be completely honest I was a mediocre at best communicator. So, I would often put it off.

Then a Youth Ministry friend recommended a resource from a church in Oklahoma who gave away their Youth Ministry teaching videos and curriculum. The church was then called Those teaching videos weren't just good enough, but they were awesome and they were FREE! On a tight budget this was HUGE for me and created great value for our Youth Ministry. I didn't use the videos every week, but it often would be a great stand alone message or series for a few weeks while I focused on camp or something else that might be pulling my attention for a season. 

Over time I continued to follow Life.Church as they continued to give away more and more including the Church Online Platform and so many other areas that they have been incredibly generous. Personally their team has been very generous to me inviting me out to their campus on numerous occasions and responding to so many emails and calls. I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for this church and their generosity.

Now, they're taking things to the next level. As I reviewed what's new I'm blown away by the expanded library of resources, but even more excited about the community that they are developing. Ministry can often feel lonely and isolated and now you have access to this growing community of likeminded leaders to connect with and share thoughts and ideas beyond resources. I believe the impact of this network will exponentially expand the impact of Life.Church as they continue to serve churches in such a generous way. I can't wait to see how this community develops! 

If it wasn't clear enough earlier, all of this is FREE. It always has been and always will be. It's unbelievable and I can't imagine a good reason why someone wouldn't want to at least check it out. Click the link below to learn more.

Thank You

For years I watched from afar in amazement at how they constantly innovated and pioneered new ministry opportunites.  I was also blown away by their generosity as they always gave so much away.  While in Student Ministry I can't tell you how many times I was in a pinch trying to pull together a message and I was able to deliver something much better by using one of the Student Ministry teaching videos that made available for FREE!  

Today, I'm beyond honored to not only watch from afar in amazement at how God continues to expand their impact and influence, but I'm able to experience it first hand as I have gotten to know the leadership at and to be able to call them friends and partners in ministry.  The example that they have set and the personal investment that they have made in me has been an incredible blessing in my ministry and leadership.  I cannot begin to describe how much these leaders have shaped me as a leader through the years.

If you're not familiar with their FREE resources for Churches, please check out these links:

  • Church Online Platform - a FREE online platform for churches to host their online services
  • Church Metrics - a fantastic tool for tracking attendance, salvations, giving, etc.
  • Develop.Me - a great tool to develop church staff members
  • Open - packed with great resources from sermon messages, kids and student resources, leadership training, small group materials and so much more!

Oh yeah, and when they're not busy creating resources for church leaders, they're working on YouVersion!  Likely half of your congregation is using this app each weekend alongside 160 million other people who have downloaded this Bible app.  It truly is incredible all that God is using and how He is blessing their generosity!

Yesterday, I was privileged to experience another generous offering from a couple of key leaders at - their time.  This is probably the most valuable resource that anyone can offer.  While they were in New York, they simply opened up a 2 hour block of time for church leaders to simply come and ask questions as well as make requests for future resource developments.  The conversation was so inspiring and encouraging to myself and I know the other leaders who were privileged to participate.

Thank you for all that you do for churches everywhere, for the investment you have made in me over the years and for the time that you shared yesterday.  I am grateful!