Life.Church is at it again with its ever-expanding free technology.
Life.Church is at it again with its ever-expanding free technology. (Flickr )

For the last 10 years, Life.Church, led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, has given away more than 9 million downloads of its creative and technological resources to more than 350,000 church leaders.

Feeling there was more that could be done to support the local church, the leadership team recently launched Life.Church Open Network, offering additional apps, training and online community to further equip pastors and build community within the global church. 

"In the earliest years of Life.Church, we looked to other ministries for ideas to repeat, resources to use, and best practices to follow. We soaked up as much wisdom as we could from some really incredible ministries," says Life.Church Innovation Pastor Bobby Gruenewald. "Even though we've been giving away our ministry materials for more than a decade, we realized we have much more we can be using to help other local churches, just as we were helped in our early years."

In addition to the free resources available since 2006—including downloadable sermon videos, kids and youth curriculum, original worship music, editable graphics packages and more—the Life.Church Open Network now also offers:

  • Training – Life.Church provides access to best practices, leadership development and message support training videos to help pastors grow as leaders.
  • Apps – Churches can use tools like Church Metrics to track data, Develop.Me to conduct performance reviews, and the Church Online Platform to launch an online church experience. 
  • Community – The Open Network allows church leaders around the world to connect with each other, ask questions and find encouragement—all with the goal of building unity in the church.

"Life.Church is committed to equipping church leaders around the world so they can focus on serving people and becoming the leader God has called them to be," Gruenewald. "We're excited to see how God will continue to change lives in countries across the world as the "capital C" church works together."

Church leaders from nearly every country have sought out resources on Life.Church Open Network, including Cobus Fourie who leads Punchline, a church in South Africa. 

"Above all else, I want to reach people for Jesus Christ and lead them to salvation in and through Him," Fourie says. "The way Craig explains the gospel at the end of every message is consistent, easy to understand, and inviting. These resources are such a blessing to my ministry because by using them, I am able to lead many people to Christ."

Church Online Platform, one of the Life.Church Open Network apps, extends the reach of Westside Family Church beyond its three locations in the Kansas City area. Jason Morris, Global Innovation Pastor, said he has seen countless people give their lives to Christ through the use of the technology. 

"With the Church Online Platform made available by Life.Church, my son led his first person to Christ online, a man from Saudi Arabia," said Morris. "It happened in spite of my small perception of how online ministry could be used by God. I now know that online ministry removes barriers: the place barrier, the space barrier, the time barrier and even the age barrier."

To learn more about Life.Church Open Network and access valuable ministry resources, training, apps and an online community of church leaders around the world, visit

Leaders are readers! Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Ministry Today, Charisma and SpiritLed Woman all for $24. YES - I'm a leader!

Ministry Today Subscription Special - Subscribe to Ministry Today magazine today and get 12 issues (2 full years) plus Amplified Leadership, a free leadership book for only $24.

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
  • Discouragement can be a serious struggle.

    Guard Your Spirit Against These 4 Crippling Attacks

    Are you struggling this Valentine's Day with one of these discouraging issues?

  • Some of the toughest lessons reap the greatest rewards.

    10 Tough Lessons Every Pastor Should Remember in Ground-Shaking Trials

    One is that your suffering may turn out to be the highest compliment the Father ever gave you.

  • Why Many Christians Misunderstand This Crucial Leadership Trait

    Great leadership doesn't start with a great education, although that is incredibly valuable. ...

  • Worship leaders, keep your team's attitude in check.

    This Can Quickly Erode a Worship Team's Culture

    God has given us talent and He calls for excellence, but excellence with this is not honoring ...

  • Start a Wildfire of Spiritual Growth in Your Church

    Start a Wildfire of Spiritual Growth in Your Church

    Watch how God can take one spark and turn it into a wildfire that impacts your ministry, your community and even future generations.

  • Your Source of Unlimited Kingdom Energy and Power

    Jesus said that we can do greater works than He did and that He will do whatever we ask in His Name.

  • What reasons can you think of that leaders might not choose to delegate authority?

    7 Reasons Some Leaders Dump Delegation

    These could have a lot to do with stalled growth and low team morale.

  • These seven responses can get you on the right track.

    Responding Like Jesus When Your Church Kicks You Out

    It's a pain that many in the ministry have felt at least once and maybe more.

  • A 'What's in it for me?' mentality could bring your church down.

    The Mentality That May Be Killing Your Church

    And we wonder why so many congregations are stagnated, plateaued or declining.

Use Desktop Layout
Ministry Today Magazine — Serving and empowering church leaders