For a while now, I’ve been aware of LifeChurch.tv and Craig Groeschel. When I first heard of what they were doing with online venues and such, I was pretty wary of it not understanding their reasoning for what they do. More recently, I’ve had the opportunity to hear Craig speak and have been impressed with his philosophy of doing ministry. It is very much his passion for the Church to work together and be truly one in reaching those outside a relationship with Christ. This was really evident with the One Prayer Campaign that he spearheaded during the summer calling churches from all over the world to come together and pray for the global Church.
My senior pastor recently sent me a link to another project from LifeChurch.tv called OPEN.lifechurch.tv. This is the site where all of their resources (notes, graphics, videos, children’s minsitry, student ministry) are available for FREE! All you have to do is register on the site for free and you have access to all their stuff online. They’ve got children’s ministry curriculum for the weekend as well as their discipleship curriculum that they use mid week. There are videos and more available there. This is an amazing resource for those who can’t afford to buy curriculum like this.
If you don’t already have a curriculum that you use regularly or take a look at curriculums like Kidmo and Elevate and Empowering Kids and can’t afford any of it, I would recommend you take a look at OPEN.lifechurch.tv.
I’m just really impressed at a church with that many resources that is willing to live out their commitment to equipping churches that they freely share the resources they are blessed with. Kudos to LifeChurch.tv!
(As a postscript… don’t get me wrong about churches that publish resources and charge for them. I am not saying they are selfish. I know that not everyone is able to freely give away the stuff they work on; they don’t have the means or the resources to do that. In fact, I have friends who produce resources and charge, but they charge enough to be able to continue producing… not for the sake of profiting from it. I am just pointing out that a church like LifeChurch.tv that does have the means to share their stuff… does and isn’t looking to inflate their budget.)