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Online Church Leaders is Here!

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After over 6 months of preparation, I'm excited to announce that Online Church Leaders is here! Go to http://OnlineChurchLeaders.com to sign up for your FREE account today!

This has been a labor of love, and I feel so grateful that Community Bible Church has been generous enough to allow me to invest in other churches in this way.  We are essentially giving away all that we have learned about Online Church over the past 4 years in this FREE training program!  It's not just what we have learned at Community Bible Church, but collectively among other friends pioneering this new ministry opportunity from LifeChurch.tv, Saddlback Church, Seacoast Church, Dream Center, and more!

Here are some of the learning portals included in the training:

  • Building Your Platform
  • Creating Your Content
  • Attracting Your Crowd
  • Developing Your Volunteers
  • Online Giving
  • Measuring Success
  • and more!

We have a goal with this platform over the next 2 years to help 500 churches launch an Online Church campus reaching an average of 2,000 each week.  That would be 1 million people a week attending an Online Church!  We believe this is very possible and just a matter of churches understanding the opportunity, embracing the technology, and applying the basic principles lined out here.

Here's what some key Online Churches have said about this new ministry opportunity:

 "Saddleback Church’s Online Campus reached over 208 countries/territories this past year with over 2/3 of our viewers non-local. Plus, with over 1,100 groups meeting all over the globe. Through a simple, but well executed Church Online strategy anyone from anywhere can engage with our church." - Jay Kranda from Saddleback Church

“God is using online ministry in very real ways around the world. Our ministry has been extended to people we never would have been able to reach otherwise, and lives are being transformed through the life-giving message of Christ. People who were feeling empty have found hope. People who were lonely have found community. People who were stuck in destructive decisions have found strength to change… all through the power of Christ.” - Alan George from LifeChurch.tv

Without a doubt, OnlineChurchLeaders.com is the most valuable priceless resource that will bring more churches into the 21st century before the 22nd century gets here! Get online already!” - DJ Chuang from the Social Media Church Podcast

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today at http://OnlineChurchLeaders.com!

Stories.tv

LifeChurch.tv hits it out of the park again with Stories.tv!  I love those ideas that are so simple yet so BIG!  This is one of those!  Take a look at this video:

Stories move us.  They need to be told.  They need to be heard.  Thank you LifeChurch.tv for creating this incredible tool and telling God's story through the stories of God's people!

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!

Blog Suggestion: Big Is The New Small

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I connected with the blog: Big Is The New Small about a year ago through an interview with Scott Williams on RickWSmith.com.  After hearing the interview, I quickly began following Scott on Twitter (he's very BIG on twitter) and reading his blog.  Scott's a campus pastor for LifeChurch.tv in Northwest Oklahoma City and a bold visionary with a passionate heart.  On my previous blog, I posted a video of Scott from The Nines conference with his message: Church Diversity Sucks.  Anyways, if you are not already aware of Scott Williams and Big Is The New Small you need to be!  Here's what you need to know about his blog:

The Bigger more successful an organization or ministry becomes, the Smaller and more laser focused the vision must become.

The Bigger a persons belly becomes, in order to loose weight the Smaller their portions have to become.

The Bigger the lottery amount, the Smaller the chances of winning.

The Bigger a leader becomes the Smaller the number of individuals they can directly disciple (Think about it, Jesus only had 12).

Resource Suggestion: VideoTeaching.com

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I have to admit, I'm a LifeChurch.tv junkie.  I'm costantly blown away be the resources they put out there for FREE!  I've used their Youth Ministry videos, small group materials, and daily use the YouVersion iPhone App.  I just heard about a new set of resources they are putting out on VideoTeaching.com.  This is simply a website with downloadable video messages from some of the best communicators of the gospel from around the world!  Can you imagine needing to be out one Sunday or having lost your voice and your fill-in for the day is Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, or Mark Driscoll?  Pretty good back up plan... and it's FREE!  Actually, I wouldn't consider this a back up plan, but I would filter through these messages and find some opportunities for your congregation to experience the teachings of some of these great pastors on a regular basis.  I look forward to seeing what pastors/speakers are added to this list in the future and how this FREE resource like so many others that LifeChurch.tv has put out will impact our world in powerful ways with the message of Jesus Christ!