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Here is a great example of a testimonial that your church should consider doing this Christmas season. We all know that people are many times more accepting of invitations to church during the holiday season.  This video from LifeChurch.tv is a great example of the difference an invitation can make, but also can serve as a great motivator for your people to invest in others with a simple invitation. Who do you have in your church that could make a compelling video like this? Think about it, and act on it! Todd
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Technology
Here’s a fascinating infographic that tells exactly what’s happening in YouVersion in ONE MINUTE. I remember hearing Bobby Greunewald giving his elevator pitch for what he though YouVersion could be.  Hats off to Bobby and his team at LifeChurch.tv.  You guys are making a difference! We all know that God’s word is powerful.  More than 12 BILLION minutes of reading scripture so far with YouVersion.  That is stinkin’ awesome.  Take a look at the impact:
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Current Events
YouVersion, the Bible app produced by the LifeChurch.tv team reached a new milestone:  30 million installs.  The free Bible app is now offering 150 different versions of the Bible in 45 different languages.  In addition, YouVersion offers nearly 200 Bible reading plans; and users have bookmarked 30 million verses and shared over 1.6 million verses via Facebook and Twitter.  “It is very exciting to see what God is doing through YouVersion in a short period of time,” said Bobby Gruenewald, team leader for YouVersion.  Bobby says that the app will continue to grow in the coming year by adding new versions, more languages, and new platforms “so that everyone, anywhere around the globe can have free access to the Bible.”
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Technology
A nice piece on Northland, A Church Distributed and their new Roku channel over at Gigaom.com.  Here’s some of the more interesting parts of the article: Northland added a Roku channel to its mix of multi-media outreach tools last October, and Andrescik was especially excited about the mainstream appeal of the device. “There’s a burgeoning ‘house church’ movement in America,” he told me, adding: “Making services available on Roku provides a way for individuals to gather together for worship in their homes that doesn’t require huddling around a computer screen or complicated PC-to-TV hookups.” Northland was the first church on Roku, but word quickly spread and others followed within weeks. Three months later, Roku is featuring its own “Religion and Spirituality” category with ten channels from churches and other religious entities. “It really happened so quickly,” said Roku’s director of corporate communications Brian Jaquet, who attributes much of this to Andrescik reaching out in the religious community. One of the churches who followed in Northland’s footsteps is Georgia-based Community Bible Church (CBC), which until two years ago was using a local access cable TV channel to broadcast its services. “(We were) realizing that for about the same cost we could reach the world with our message instead of just our county,” said CBC’s online campus pastor Kenny Snow. The church ditched cable and started to stream its services online, and it launched its very own Roku channel last month. “The simplicity and low cost has really opened up a lot of doors for people to reach out to people right from their homes,” said Snow about Roku. To be fair, a lot is relative: CBC says that its channel has been downloaded more than 6000 times, and Northland’s Andrescik puts the number of channel downloads above 5000. Lifechurch.tv, which launched its own Roku app in October, has so far clocked 7700 channel downloads. 7700 channel downloads is pretty cool in 4 months. I have a Roku, and I love it!  Do any of you have a Roku?   Do you see this as a valuable ministry extension for YOUR church in the future? Read more here… Todd
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Current Events
OK… well, I bet that headline got your attention.  Actually, they’re calling it ThePornEvent.com.  The heart behind the event comes from the realization at LifeChurch.tv, especially through the ministry of Church Online, as to how many people are hurting because of addictions to pornography and it’s effects. We are partnering with XXXChurch.com to bring some experience to the conversation and we are going to have a call to Christ at the end to connect with people. You can check it out here…
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Leadership
LifeChurch.tv is launching a new 9-month apprenticeship program for young leaders called LeadershipXP. It is designed to cultivate young leaders and dreamers by giving them responsibility in the trenches and immersing them in a special mentorship group. It’s not an internship. It’s not a coaching network. They really don’t compare to this experience. LeadershipXP offers a unique mixture of immersion, responsibility, freedom, and mentorship. It is a lifestyle of personal development. There are requirements: Age: you must be 18-24 years old Time: you must commit to a 9-month experience Money: you must pay the $3,250 investment (housing included) Location: you must agree to work at and live near one of LifeChurch.tv’s many locations Space is limited to 25 apprentices. For more information and to join LeadershipXP, please visit www.lifechurch.tv/leadershipxp
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Humor
In an unprecedented move, it was announced today that LifeChurch.tv has purchased the Crystal Cathedral for an undisclosed amount.  The purchase brings a strong LifeChurch.tv presence to the Southern California area and helps alleviate many financial pressures of the cash-strapped cathedral.  The new church will be named LifeChurchCathedral.tv. As part of the agreement, (and to help ease the transition), LifeChurch.tv pastor Craig Groeschel has agreed to wear a pastoral robe for the first six months of the transition; and to ‘think positively’ as he prepares and delivers his sermons. According to LifeChurch.tv spokesperson Ima Lyiar,  LifeChurch.tv ownership will take effective immediately, and that Easter Sunday will feature a combination of both traditional Crystal Cathedral and contemporary LifeChurch.tv worship.  Highlights will include Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus performed by the LifeChurch.tv worship band; A Steve Fee/Chris Tomlin duet (accompanied by the massive Crystal Cathedral pipe organ); and “Christ Arose” as performed by The Statler Brothers. Easter Services will begin at 9, 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10:15.
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