|Life Covenant Church|
|Location||Edmond, OK based with various physical campuses, Internet and Second Life campuses|
|Denomination||Evangelical Covenant Church|
|Senior pastor(s)||Craig Groeschel|
LifeChurch.tv (also known as Life Covenant Church or simply "Life Church") is an American evangelical multi-site church with multiple locations in five states. Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv.
As of December 2013, there were eighteen LifeChurch.tv "campuses" located across the United States.
In January 1996, Life Church began in Oklahoma City with 40 congregants meeting together "in a two-car garage, equipped with just a borrowed overhead projector and two construction lights purchased at Lowe's for $19.99." From 1996 to 1999 the church membership grew rapidly. During this time, Life Church acquired its first facility (now known as the "Oklahoma City Campus"). In 2001, MetroChurch, a 25-year-old, nondenominational church in nearby Edmond, Oklahoma joined with Life Church, effectively making it a multi-site church. Following the success of the additional location, the church launched campuses in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2002, and these new campuses began incorporating satellite video teaching into their services.
In 2005, LifeChurch.tv opened two additional campuses: the South Oklahoma City location in the spring, followed by the Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona campuses of the metro Phoenix, Arizona area in September. After a few months of meeting in two high schools, LifeChurch.tv combined the two campuses into a single facility known as the Mesa campus.
In February 2006, LifeChurch.tv introduced a campus in Fort Worth, Texas. In April, the church established its "Internet Campus," which broadcasts weekly, interactive worship services live over the internet. In July, the church also launched a new campus in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
LifeChurch.tv also decided to do away with "church membership", deciding instead to encourage people to become "partners" in helping lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. The church has developed a Bible application for mobile phones, YouVersion. Introduced in 2008, it has been described as "[t]he world's most popular Bible program for mobile phones."
Lifechurch features a casual dress code and most attendees wear jeans and casual clothing, the worship service includes refreshments before and after the services, music style is pop-rock and praise-worship, with the performances amplified concert style and lyrics shown on projector.
There are currently eighteen LifeChurch.tv campuses in five different states, as well as an online campus.
- Albany, NY
- Broken Arrow, OK
- Edmond, OK
- Fort Worth, TX
- Hendersonville, TN
- Jenks, OK
- Keller, TX
- Midwest City, OK
- Moore, OK
- Northwest Oklahoma City, OK
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Owasso, OK
- South Oklahoma City, OK
- South Tulsa, OK
- Stillwater, OK
- Tulsa, OK
- Wellington, FL
- Yukon, OK
LifeChurch.tv makes its material available to other churches through a program called NetworkChurches.tv.
LifeChurch.tv is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). The ECC upholds the core evangelical Christian beliefs, while allowing believers the personal freedom to have varying interpretations on theological issues that are not clearly presented in Scripture.
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