I’m in Oklahoma City with Chuck Russell, Brian Slezak, and Andrew Conard to benchmark LifeChurch’s Internet Campus by observing them in action and by meeting with Terry Storch (Digerati Pastor) and Brandon Donaldson (Internet Campus Pastor).
Our day began with attending the 10:00 service (“experience” in LifeChurch parlance) at the Edmond campus where the Global Operations Center and Internet Campus offices are located.
After the 10:00 experience, Terry took us up to the Global Operations Center where we got a high-level view of what was happening at all Life Church campuses, including the Internet Campus, during the 11:30 experience.
We then went over to the Internet Campus offices to chat with Brandon Donaldson while the 11:30 experience was underway.
Terry’s boss, Bobby Gruenewald, dropped by.
We learned many interesting things and I’m sure have much more to learn when we meet again on Monday.
After hanging out with Brandon, Terry, and Bobby, we grabbed some lunch and went downtown to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. In this photo you can see the 9:01 Gate with First Methodist Church in the upper right background. Being right across the street to the SE of the Murrah Building, the church was heavily damaged in the blast and played a key role in the recovery following the events of April 19, 1995.
My apologies to Jason Reynolds and David Helbig of Christ Fellowship, who hosted Chuck Russell and me back in mid-June as we benchmarked the Internet Campuses of Christ Fellowship and Flamingo Road. Due to my laptop being stolen the night we arrived (while we were enjoying the beach), I never posted a single blog entry about our trip or what we learned there. I hope to correct that soon!
Clif – Great overview post. Look for a link to it coming soon…
It was great to meet with you down here, Clif! I can’t wait to see what God is going to bring to the Internet Campus at COR…
It’s fantastic that you are in OKC and at Greg Groschel’s (and God’s?) inspired Life Church Internet Campus. If my Oklahoma memory serves me right, Greg was on staff at First UMC–OKC at the time of the Murrah building bombing. His office was heavily damaged–I believe that he had left that space just shortly before the attack. Greg’s dreams were way to huge, and the theology to fringe and uncomfortable for the Oklahoma Conference for the UMC at the time. I’ll enjoy checking out your blog each day.