More than 3,600 people attended LifeChurch.tv's first worship services at its newest campus in Moore, Okla., and about 70 people made commitments to follow Jesus Christ last Sunday at the branch of the multisite megachurch founded 7 years ago.
Moore campus pastor Michael Metcalf told The Christian Post that the new campus was launched because of the many LifeChurch.tv worshippers living in the area.
"Many people that live in Moore, Norman, and surrounding areas were attending our South Oklahoma City campus and are passionate about making a difference in their community," said Metcalf. "Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, and we believe a campus in Moore will be a huge catalyst for reaching thousands of people in the community who don't yet know Him."
The ground breaking for the campus took place in February and by the end of construction cost approximately $5.8 million. LifeChurch.tv staff were able to move into the site earlier this month. Metcalf told CP that there was a greater focus than just the facility being completed.
"We know the church isn't really about a building. It's about the people who gather to worship and serve together at each location," said Metcalf. "Over the ten months it took to build the Moore Campus, we were overwhelmed with the excitement and anticipation for our launch. We love the people here and can't wait to build more relationships and serve this community."
LifeChurch.tv sees itself as wanting to help people "make a lasting difference" in their lives, community, and in the world, according to its website. "How do we go about that? By leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That's the driving purpose behind everything we do."
LifeChurch.tv has eighteen campuses, most of which are located in the state of Oklahoma including the cities of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma City, and Stillwater.
The recently opened campus is not the only time LifeChurch.tv has been to Moore. Earlier this year, when a major tornado struck the city, volunteers with LifeChurch.tv arrived afterwards to offer relief and spiritual support, explained Lori Bailey, director of communications for LifeChurch.tv in a previous interview with CP.
"Four children whose families are part of LifeChurch.tv were amongst the fatalities of the Moore tornado," said Bailey. "As we make contact, we have learned of 82 families within our church whose homes have been lost."