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Join me! Live Church Online Events in England & Ireland Church Online events in England & Ireland June 2013 Church Online events in England & Ireland June 2013

Willow Creek UK & Ireland is partnering with for a special regional event. As’s Church Online Community Pastor, I am honored to share about the global reach of Church Online and how a partnership might play a part in local church mission in the UK. 

Come and join with other leaders in your region and explore the opportunities that a partnership with Church Online presents. You will be inspired by what you hear!

June 3 Stafford, England
June 4 Scunthorpe, England
June 5 London, England (SW11 1EJ)
June 6 Bracknell, England
June 7 Bangor, N. Ireland

For more specific details on the events in June, check out

What is Church Online?

As long as there is even one soul hurting, Church Online will be a place to encounter God and people who care through:

Global Reach. Church Online reaches people who live in countries without the freedom to worship Christ, people who don’t live near a campus, military families stationed abroad, those searching for answers online, and millions more. In 2012, 4.8 million unique visitors in more than 220 countries and territories attended Church Online at

Shared Experience. There are more than 50 experience times at Church Online that share worship, a community pastor, and a powerful message delivered by Pastor Craig Groeschel just like at a location.

Real Community. Church Online at is a community of people all over the world experiencing God and connecting with one another like never before in history. People from all walks of life experience church together in real-time including live chat and one-on-one prayer with a passionate volunteer.

Changed Lives. You can change the life of someone you know who lives far from a your physical location or isn’t quite ready to walk through the doors. Invite someone you know to attend a Church Online at service at

Join the Team. By accepting people where they are with love, incredible life change happens every week. That’s only possible because of the hundreds of volunteers with a passion to serve. This is your chance to be a global missionary in a digital world. Details at

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  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 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 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,, 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 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!


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

Free Download: A Social Media Christmas

Would you like to be social media savvy by Christmas? Download your free guide to using social media during the month of December to engage your network in spiritual conversations. Remember – we’re not out to condemn and rack up conversions. We are relational beings and connecting to our social network is the key to one day having the opportunity to share our hope in Christ with them. So start taking steps towards knowing your online friends better this month!

Use this guide to:

* Create church Facebook page content for Christmas

* Share your faith via social media

* Guide Church Online chat room conversations

* Train your team how to use Twitter and Facebook to be evangelisic

What are you waiting for?  Open up your gift from!

I LOVE helping you be the church, online.



What Happens When Your Dream’s Bigger Than You?

Here’s a true statement that most of us believe:


Here’s a true statement that most of us believe but don’t live out:


This map is a visual example to me of the statement above.


In March of this year I was praying to connect to a few church leaders around the world who are as passionate about global evangelism as I am.  On April 1 I published “The Art of Online Ministry” as a means of helping people who began asking me questions about launching online churches.  Now we’re partnering with one or more teams in each country that has a blue pinpoint on the map above.  Today we have over 200 partners with whom we’re sharing content, resources, and/or equipment.

The funny thing is, my dream keeps growing and changing as I live it out.  No matter where you live, I am eager to help you.  Check out our community page to have questions answered by other online ministers, apply to receive equipment, or download my ebook or some of our partner resources at

Imagine what God will do in your life when you begin living out the dreams He gives you that are greater than your current strength and influence can accomplish! 


PS – Those blue dots on the map above are due to God’s work and the help of some of my great friends.  I’m also part of Dream Year with Ben Arment – check it out!


Apply To Be The Next Funded Project!

If your church is eager to minister online, yours could be the next project funds!

In order to qualify you must:

* Be a local church located in a non-English speaking country
* Have support of the leadership team of your local church
* Apply here.

Please note that application does not guarantee funding.  We will not fund projects in countries or languages which already have an online church presence.  Our donors and volunteers will review all applications to select our next project and announce it on Monday, October 31, 2011.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

I look forward to seeing your application!


Join the Team!

Do you care about using technology to spread the Gospel and minister to people? Are you active on Facebook and/or Twitter? Consider yourself hired!

We need you to help us spread the word about our ministry.  I love to share updates on our partners’ projects and make announcements via social media.  The message will be radically amplified when great folks like you help us spread the word!

Would you like to join our Social Media Volunteer Team?  You’ll receive no more than 2 emails per month with tweets, Facebook status updates, video links, and more – any or all of which you may choose to share with your friends.

We’d love to have you in the family!

Meet our Partner in Ethiopia!

I have been praying and planning to visit the US this October.

The objectives of my trip to the USA are:

  • To learn from leaders in different strategies in Orlando and Dallas Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Meet Dana Byers and learn from her experience on Church Online (we are in process of launching one online church in Ethiopia by 2012)
  • connect with churches and individuals for ministry partnerships in different states
God has given me opportunity to serve in the Southern and Eastern Africa Virtually Led Movement strategy in Campus Crusade for Christ. I use the Internet, cellphone and other media tools for ministry.  For the last 3 years since I joined on staff, I have seen God’s hand working on my life and via this ministry God is changing many lives.
I am inviting you to give for this leadership development and experience sharing trip to the US. I am left with total amount of $700.
To contribute online go to

Thank you,
Miheret Tilahun

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Please consider assisting Miheret in his travel expenses.  Our family looks forward to hosting him in our home next month!


The Bottom Line —> Be 1 of 60

Here are some cool details I’ll bet you don’t know about’s 2011 efforts so far…

  • We’ve served around 2000 unique individual churches in dozens of different countries.
  • We currently operate on less than $2000/month in expenses.
  • I do not receive a salary from incoming donations for my role as President of
  • No other organization in the world provides the localized, online, and international church planting services we do.
  • We receive an average of 3 donations per month, but it will take 60 committed individuals to achieve our vision.
  • If you are a monthly donor to, you invest more than money…you GAIN a voice to bring about global, eternal change. In October, we’ll begin letting our donors vote on the next country we’ll provide equipment to! 

We’re in hot pursuit of the vision to plant online churches in every country by 2020.  This is your chance to help us cover the operational fees to carry out this great calling.  


FIVE $500/month donors

TEN $100/month donors

TWENTY $50/month donors

TWENTY-FIVE $20/month donors 

*You may also make a one-time gift here.  Thank you.  Blue Door Ministries, Inc. is a licensed 501(c)3 and American donations are tax-deductible.



Slovak Church Online: Launch Results & Pics! partners in Slovakia launched their online church last week at using the platform. 189 people attended with no Google AdWords assistance – incredible!

A great big congratulations to our friend Milan and his team for a successful launch!  Join us in praying their Kingdom influence over those in Slovakia who are far from God would only increase.

My dream is to see indigenous church leaders like Milan come forward everywhere around the world to mobilize local churches to minister to lost people online in their native languages.  We provide free resources and equipment to teams just like Milan’s and endeavor to plant online churches in every country by 2020.  Those of you who’ve given to in the past helped provide a laptop for the Slovak team as well as training.  Will you help us on future projects?



1 Second – Get On The List!

My friend DJ Chuang has created a master list of online churches around the world.  At this time there are mainly US churches on the list and yours might not be included.  Please take a moment and go here to see if your church is listed and/or add those you’re aware of not yet included.

This list is more than a list.  I encourage you to share it with your church online volunteers so that if they’re praying for or ministering to someone online who is located far from you geographically, your team can refer to this list and perhaps find a trusted partner church in the Kingdom who can help you reach out to this person locally.

Take a moment to see the growing list here!


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