Terry Storch

Thank You LifeChurch.tv

For years I watched LifeChurch.tv 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 LifeChurch.tv 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 LifeChurch.tv 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 LifeChurch.tv - 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 LifeChurch.tv 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!

 

Irrational Generosity

Last week I read a post from Terry Storch, Digerati Pastor at LifeChurch.tv and co-founder of YouVersion.com, discussing a new Church to Church team at LifeChurch.tv that will be focused on these values:

  • We are all about the “capital C” Church!
  • We will lead the way with irrational generosity.
  • We are faith filled, big thinking, bet the farm risk takers!

Let these soak in and watch this 2 minute video with Craig Groeschel highlighting these values:

 

I've been a fan of LifeChurch.tv for many years as they are the pioneers of Church Online and have been so generous to share their resources with other churches and ministries.  While in Youth Ministry I often used their OPEN resources that they made available for FREE!

Their generosity has been a great blessing to my ministry and it's my hope that I can in some way also cling to these same values and become irrationally generous in helping other ministries as well.

Can you imagine what the Church would be like if all local churches adopted these values?

What would happen if local churches adopted a mindset of cooperation rather than competition?

What if Irrational Generosity became the norm rather than the exception where serving each other as the Church (global church) rather than serving themselves as the church (local church)?

Jesus prayed this in John 17:23: "I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me."

May we be united in Christ generously sharing all that God has blessed us with so that the world may see His love through our love for each other!