Tulsa Becomes Indiana Jones Adventures

This past weekend,’s Tulsa campus sermon branded their church facilities to promote their annual summer sermon series “At the Movies.” They themed their facilities after the Indiana Jones adventures.

As guests approach the church, a military vehicle with ammo crates appears to have “broken” through a mural spray painted by a local graffiti artist. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

The church entrance is converted into a cobweb covered cave. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

Above the cave is a giant rolling boulder like the one featured in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

One corner of the lobby has a jungle waterfall. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

Another corner has the Ark of the Covenant nestled among military crates as seen at the beginning of The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

And a third corner has converted a coffee bar into a foreign marketplace. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

A mine cart with Short Round from The Temple of Doom sits over the other lobby entrance. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

Between the auditorium doors rests a large “stone” skull that breathes fog. Tulsa At the Movies 2008

The auditorium did not continue the Indiana Jones theme, but some extra lights were added for the sermon series. Tulsa At the Movies 2008 Tulsa staff and volunteers spent four days creating the Indiana Jones environment. And churchgoers are encouraged to invite their friends to come enjoy the fun. Each year “At the Movies” proves to be an effective outreach series for

Cornerstone Community Church Revolutionizes Church Facilities

Cornerstone Community Church (Simi Valley, CA) has been maxing out their facility for the past seven years. Obviously, the solution is more property and a bigger building. But the leadership at Cornerstone Community Church did not feel peace about spending $50 million to $60 million (California is expensive) going the traditional route. They asked themselves:

Would God rather we spend the money in other ways?

What about helping the world’s poor and suffering? What about serving our local community? How can we create a Biblical community that ministers through their actions?

The answer to their questions was the Conerstone Tierra Rejada Building Project. It is a church building campaign that saves money and creates a place that prioritizes serving the people outside of their church rather than self-serving their own needs. The project includes:

  • Cornerstone Community Church & Eternity Bible College Facilities
    >> Outdoor Sanctuary (3,000 person capacity)
    >> Gym/Multi-Purpose Building (1,000 person capacity)
    >> Chapel/Multi-Purpose Building (300 person capacity)
    >> Administration Building with Library
    >> Classroom Buildings
    >> Maintenance and Restroom Buildings
  • Children’s Hunger Fund Facilities
    >> Administration Buildings and Learning Center
    >> Warehouse/Packing Buildings
  • Athletic Fields
    >> 3.8 acres of shared-use athletic fields (will encourage local community use)
  • Onsite Wastewater Treatment Facility
    >> Creates tertiary-treated recycled water for irrigation
  • Onsite Parking Facilities
    >> 2,000 parking spaces
    >> Eco-friendly “grass-crete” pavement
  • Open Space
    >> Approximately 58.8 acres of preserved open space
    >> Only 3% of total site developed

To better understand “Why?”

Watch this sermon (click here) by Senior Pastor Francis Chan. And watch the following videos:

Church Leadership Discusses a Need

What Can $20 Million Dollars Do?

I admire their stewardship. Obviously, their church model does not work for every church because God gives each of us a unique calling. However, I think it is an excellent example of how we all should evaluate our ministries within their own unique contexts and search for ways to maximize our stewardship.