Collision (This is a re-post from January 2010 that has had a great response…)- when two or more bodies come together, “the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change…” When Church and culture collide, energy is exchanged, walls are broken down and a change occurs. In this case, local cultures are changed because of a group of people’s willingness to be used for good. Church becomes the people, not the building, and a significant change is made.
So Church and culture collide: culture is met on culture’s terms and the love of Christ is shown in the midst of hurt, deception, injustice and pain. Here are a few ways the LifeChurch.tv Fort Worth campus has collided with culture, followed by a list of ways LifeChurch.tv has collided with Culture around the world.
Collision in Fort Worth (through LifeChurch.tv volunteers, not staff)
200 coats were given for local refugee families through World Relief.
40-50 different volunteers worked w/ Neighborhood Needs to help serve 25,000 families food.
300 families donated over $6,000 worth of basic need items for neighborhood families.
Over 25 volunteers helped 50 people identify health goals & provided walking & running groups, accountability groups, Taebo & aerobics classes for the entire community.
Partnered with 3 hospitals, 3 government agencies and signed families up for health & dental care for their kids (that otherwise wouldn’t have it).
Small groups moved 2 struggling single moms in need with trucks and trailers.
Witnessed over 600 people give their life to Jesus in 2009 (went through 4 Baptism pools).
Helped dozens of struggling families with food or clothing during the holiday season.
Partnered w/ FWISD & 15 teachers to train volunteers for mentoring at risk kids & parents.
Developed 25 volunteers to mentor kids & parents, w/ 400 volunteer hours logged to date.
Developed a team of 12 volunteers to connect with new believers and visitors.
Released over 20 new small group leaders to help build biblical community in the area.
Released 2 nurses and health professionals to make crisis calls and hospital visits.
Put on Financial Peace classes to help 40 people overcome debt.
Offered leadership courses to help over 35 people in their families and workplace.
Mobilized a team of 12 local volunteers to facilitate a global church experience through Church Online.
Released a volunteer to serve as the Church Online LifeGroup support for leaders worldwide.
Took a local prison support ministry online to reach those affected by prison worldwide.
Released hundreds of individuals into the community to make an impact in their families, neighborhoods and workplace.
Collision Around the World Through LifeChurch.tv
Launched LifeKids.tv, increasing visibility of spiritual conversations between kids & parents.
Thousands of LifeKids.tv downloads weekly around the world.
Through YouVersion- 3.6 million users on cell phones.
In Jan 2010, 120,000 Bible reading plans downloaded.
Coming up on 2 Billion minutes of reading Scripture through YouVersion mobile.
Church Online added 31 new worship experiences in 2009.
1 million unique users at Church Online in 2009. 8611 Recorded salvations.
1600 New believer Bibles mailed to 49 different countries around the world.
Biggest audience for Church Online became India.
$135k was donated for Haiti in one weekend.
500k was given to Digital missions to reach people around the world.
In 2009, added 60 network churches, for a total of 96 churches using free messages weekly.
In 2010, network church attendance will likely surpass LifeChurch.tv campus attendence.
Through Open- 35,000 churches downloaded materials in 2009.
Global Translation for messages beginning because of new production studio.
1600 churches started in the last 2 years because of the One Prayer initiative.
What role can you play this year? What could happen if your church collided with culture? What would happen if you allowed God to use you in simple, yet tangible ways to transform lives in your corner of the world?