LC Family Reunion 2015

Last week, over 500 staff and their family members met at the Life.Church OKC campus for three days of worship, lip syncing, speaking, eating, laughing, running, sharing and listening intently.

We shared our hotel room with our sweet littles and several sacrificial LC volunteers took care of them while we enjoyed connecting with other staff members and re-focusing on our vision and mission as a Church.

“We don’t preach morality. We preach Christ.” -Pastor Craig Groeschel

“We aren’t about numbers. Every number is a person. Every person is a story. Every story matters to God.” -CG

“The Great Commission tells us the when (“go now”) and the where (“into all the world”), but not the how. Because the how needs to change.” -CG

I was overwhelmed in the very best way. Monday night, I sat on the edge of my seat, leaning into the vision of this Church we are fortunate enough to call our own.

Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick gave a characteristically fantastic message

The leadership here is unmatched. Creativity unbridled. Excellence expected. The gospel boldly proclaimed. Generosity flowing. Health encouraged. So lives are being changed…including ours.

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I have so many stories to tell, so much respect for our leadership and so much stinkin’ gratitude, I’d just bore you to death. So I’ll tell these stories through pictures instead.  Here goes…

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In honor of LC’s 20th anniversary, the dress code was formal. So fun to be fancy with my handsome date.

Worship during Reunion rattled my heart in a new way. I was reverent and excited all at once.

Worship during Reunion rattled my heart in a new way. I was reverent and overjoyed all at once.

We thanked Craig and Amy for 20 years of sacrificial leadership. They are humble and full of integrity.

We thanked Craig and Amy for 20 years of sacrificial leadership. They are humble and full of integrity.

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The Broken Arrow LC staff is THE BEST! Seriously.

I loved the DLT's (Directional Leadership Team) Q & A session.

I loved the DLT’s (Directional Leadership Team) Q & A session.

Kristen and I shared our stories (along with 6 others) during a breakout session on fitness and faith called Drop the Mic.

Kristen and I shared our stories (along with 6 others) during a breakout session on fitness and faith called Drop the Mic.

Scott and Joey brought the kids while Kristen and I had stage practice the first night. Best dads ever.

Scott and Joey brought the kids while Kristen and I had stage practice the first night. Best dads ever.

Kristen shared about her childhood and I shared about Finn.

Kristen shared about her childhood and I shared about Finn.

Here are the other fantastic people who shared their stories during Drop the Mic. Kristen and I were the only spouses who spoke during breakout sessions. Intimidating and such an honor!

Here are the other fantastic people who shared their stories during Drop the Mic. Kristen and I were the only spouses who spoke during breakout sessions. Intimidating and such an honor!

Finn was star-struck when he met Mr. Music in our hotel lobby! Gi-ddy little boy! Listen to LifeKids' Mr. Music on iTunes for free! Your kids will love it!

Finn was star-struck when he met Mr. Music in our hotel lobby! Gi-ddy little boy! Listen to LifeKids’ Mr. Music on iTunes for free! Your kids will love it!

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The 1996 worship set skit had Joey and I in stitches. Complete with hits like “Jehovah Jireh” and “Shout to the Lord,” tamborines, fake trees, projector screen and all.

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We ended the reunion by 200 of us running a 5k! I loved the example our church led of a healthy church body. Joey and I both PR’d!

We left Reunion grateful, humbled and inspired to give more and lead better.

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