We’re Moving to Oklahoma!

Chris and I love The Church.  We have made life-long friends, developed spiritually, and matured as leaders thanks much in part to the global church community we’re part of.  More than 10 years ago we walked across the street from our home in Edmond, Oklahoma to visit LifeChurch.tv.  We saw Craig Groeschel preach a powerful, biblical message, and we saw people commit their lives to Christ right there on the spot.  Our lives have never been the same.

Our involvement in LifeChurch.tv infected us with a passion to share the Gospel.  Over the years our passion grew to include relational evangelism, Church Online, global missions, and church planting.  Craig told us we’re ministers, and our heart connection to the ministry of LifeChurch.tv led us to help them launch their first out-of-state church, lead small groups, and become deeply involved in the ministry of Church Online.  Chris and I eventually formed a non-profit organization, BlueDoor.tv, to fund and equip churches in non-English speaking countries to launch online churches.  Since last Fall, my personal interest in seeing online churches become primary resources for forming local communities globally has increased, but I wasn’t sure how to act on this interest until recently.  (You can read more about this dream here.)

I am deeply moved to share with you that I get to be on staff and serve the very church in which I’ve grown up in this past decade.  I’ll begin serving as Community Pastor for Church Online at LifeChurch.tv in July among some of the brightest and most generous people I know in the world.  We are moving back to Oklahoma, but Chris will remain CEO of Formstack and travel back to Indiana regularly.  Our family is making a quick move, and we’d greatly appreciate your prayers as we go through this transition.

To our Indiana friends and family…we are grateful for the face to face time we’ve had here with you.  These past 2 years have been precious to Chris, Blake, Mackenzie, and me.  I want to make a personal thank you to the AMAZING (they seriously rock) Formstack team who are being very flexible to make this happen, and an especially grand THANK YOU to Chris who prays for, invests in, and supports me like no other.

And yes…since we’re in the midst of moving you can expect a series of blog posts starting next week on how a minimalist moves house in less than 3 weeks!

Dana

PS – This is the 4th time I’ve moved to Oklahoma in 11 years.  It’s one of America’s best kept secrets.  ;)

14 Responses to “We’re Moving to Oklahoma!”

  1. Brian Notess June 9, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Somehow I always knew you’d end up back in OKC at LC.tv

    Indiana was lucky to have you even if for a brief while. :-) Best of luck. I’ll be looking forward to big things in the future for church online.

    • Dana Byers June 9, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      You should’ve told me to expect this, Brian! Kidding. ;) Many thanks!

  2. Brian Russell June 9, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Happy you guys will be back around these parts.

  3. Terri Knoll June 9, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Yay! It’s an honor to serve with you Pastor Dana! I know your heart for Church Online because I share in it! Prayers and blessings abundantly in this digital missionary life!

  4. Patrick Moore June 9, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Congrats Dana! This is amazing news for you and LC.tv. I’m thankful for LC does for the capital C Church.

    • Dana Byers June 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      Me too, Patrick – that’s a key factor about LC.tv that’s captivated Chris and be for years!

  5. Nils Smith June 9, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Congrats Dana, I look forward to continuing to learn from you through your new experiences!

  6. Billy Ritchie June 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Great news. I know that you will add much to the ministry of LifeChurch.tv. God has great things in store for you and your family. Love from your MKCC friends. Billy

  7. Dana Byers June 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Thank you very much, friends. I am humbled by this great new role.

  8. Ben Arment June 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Congratulations Dana! I didn’t see this coming by a long shot. =) But grateful for your influence on the Church’s movement online. Excited to see what happens next!

    • Dana Byers June 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Cheers, Ben! I was just going to DM you to make sure you knew of our move. Life is an adventure, to say the least. :)

  9. Tami Heim June 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I am OVER-THE-TOP with joy. Oh the things you are being called to do.
    My heart is full of joy and expectation.
    God. IS. Good.

    Bless you dear friend!

    • Dana Byers June 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Thank you, Tami! You’re such a great encourager and example. XO

  10. john otjen June 11, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    It will be great to have you back in OKC!

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