Life.Church Information

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Ministry Background

Life.Church is a part of The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)—a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

Life.Church was founded by Craig and Amy Groeschel in 1996 in Oklahoma City. The mission of Life.Church is “to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ” (RSM US LLP, 5). With only forty members at the time the church operated out of a two car garage equipped with just a borrowed overhead projector and two construction lights purchased at Lowe's for $19.99. Over time the church grew rapidly, and in 1999 the church built its first foundational facility in Oklahoma City. In 2001, a nearby non denominational church joined Life Church making it a multi campus church (“Who We Are.” Life.Church). As of December 2017, Life.Church now has twenty-nine locations throughout the United States, and has developed a Bible application for mobile phones, YouVersion. Introduced in 2008, it has been described as "the world's most popular Bible program for mobile phones.” (“The Bible Is Relevant.” YouVersion).

Ministry Model

Over the next twenty two years Life.Church opened up twenty nine facilities all over the United States, the campuses are found in: Fort Smith, Arkansas; Wellington, Florida; Overland Park, Kansas; Wichita, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Albany, New York; Broadway and Britton, Oklahoma; Edmond, Oklahoma; Midwest, Oklahoma; Moore, Oklahoma; Mustang, Oklahoma; Norman, Oklahoma; North West Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; South Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Yukon, Oklahoma; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Catoosa, Oklahoma; Jenks, Oklahoma; Midtown Tulsa, Oklahoma; Owasso, Oklahoma; South Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; South Tulsa, Oklahoma; Shawnee, Oklahoma; Stillwater, Oklahoma; Hendersonville, Tennessee; Fort Worth, Texas; and Keller, Texas (“Life.Church Locations.” Life.Church).

They range between three to nine weekend services in their twenty-nine locations. Life.Church also broadcasts weekly through their online campus that broadcasts eighty services a week.

Their service times (broadcast schedule) are Saturday; 5:30am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm. Sunday; 1:00am, 2:30am, 4:00am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm. Monday; 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm. Tuesday; 7:00am, 8:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm. Wednesday; 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm. Thursday; 5:30am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm. Friday; 5:30am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm.

Because Life.Church has as many campuses as they do it would be imperative for them to be securely staffed considering the amount of work it takes to produce a serves at each campus. Every one of their campuses has a campus pastor, who is in charge of their specific campus. Each Pastor is listed on their website with contact information that is campus specific. Because they have so many campuses, we do not have all the information to tell if they are appropriately staffed or not.

Life.Church partners and helps locally in Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, New York, New Mexico, Kansas, Florida and Arkansas. Peppers Ranch; break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through loving and growth-oriented activities with children living on the ranch. Autism Oklahoma; Grow, learn, and serve the families affected by autism in Oklahoma. Edmond Mobile Meals; provide a hot meal to Edmond’s homebound elderly, disabled, and recuperating adults while building relationships each visit. True North Ministries; lead and engage men to become better husbands, fathers, and men through mentoring relationships, men’s events, and weekend retreats. Branch15; walk alongside women on their paths to recovery and independent, sustainable living. LifeTroops; help soldiers returning from combat and family members through spiritual mentorship, counseling, educational and other programs that will “bridge the gap” between reintegration and everyday life. Hope is Alive; help change the lives of individuals and families affected by addiction through mentorship, spiritual guidance, and leadership development. Bethel Foundation; help single mothers and their children through life skills mentoring and assisting to meet their basic needs (“LifeMissions Global.” Life.Church).

Life.Church helps globally through missions. Convoy of Hope; consistently among the first to respond to disasters around the world, Convoy of Hope’s disaster relief efforts occur in partnership with local churches giving victims the opportunity for ongoing connection with a local ministry. Convoy of Hope has responded to disasters in more than 110 countries around the world. Compassion; by reaching out to the parents of small children, Child Survival Programs (CSPs) provide vital education about child development, health and nutrition, biblical training, and basic job skills training. Life.Church fully funds the costs of CSPs in Ecuador, Uganda, the Philippines, and India, representing over 500 parents and children. Tearfund, Tearfund has one mission: to end poverty around the world. By combating hunger, human trafficking, gender inequality, injustice, access to healthcare, and more, Tearfund is ending poverty and rebuilding communities in more than fifty countries on five continents around the world. HOPE International; HOPE International focuses on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through Christ-centered microfinance and savings, along with education. Life.Church supports HOPE International’s global work in sixteen countries around the world. The Chalmers Center; The Chalmers Center focuses on redefining poverty based on biblical truths by training U.S. churches to respond to the complexities of poverty. Life.Church helps to support the center’s international work and US church training and partners with its staff in the development of training tools like Helping Without Hurting. Samaritan's Purse; The mission of Samaritan's Purse is to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel. For more than forty years, Samaritan’s Purse has been a leader in local and international disaster response. Life.Church helps to fund relief efforts domestically and abroad. Life.church states and believes, “A good leader leads. A great leader grows.” In their website they have a “Training” category that provides twenty-four different tabs the user can select. In each of the tabs provide information of how to get involved and what each area includes. Such as: Early childhood, Kids, Communications, Leadership, Creative, Missions, Small Groups and so on. They put a huge significance on providing ways to get involved and grow their attendees in their faith and leadership skills (“LifeMissions Global.” Life.Church).

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