Toy Story At the Movies – LifeChurch.tv Tulsa Campus

Kent Shaffer —  July 22, 2010

Every July, LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK) hosts a sermon series called “At the Movies” that uses movie clips to illustrate spiritual truths. And every year LifeChurch.tv sets new attendance records.

To add some extra fun to the sermon series, each campus decorates their facility with a movie theme. This year Stillwater’s campus did Field of Dreams and created a baseball diamond in their lobby complete with dirt. However, my favorite theme from this year is the Tulsa campus’ Toy Story theme. Here are some highlights:

OUTSIDE
Before you even enter the church, you are greeted by a Toy Story “At the Movies” wall mural and Pizza Planet golf carts to shuttle you to the door.

Toy Story Mural

Pizza Planet Golf Carts

ENTRANCE
As you enter the building, you pass through a tunnel of Legos and pop out from under a giant bed into a lobby child’s room full of larger than life toys.

Toy Story Lego Entrance

Toy Story Bed

INSIDE
The lobby features Buzz Lightyear himself greeting guests in front of an over-sized Etch-A-Sketch (his packaging is off to the side). Toys sit atop a giant furniture. Aliens sit inside a toy rocket. And the church refreshment stand is now a Pizza Planet franchise.

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear Packaging

Toy Story Army Man

Toy Story Piggy Bank

Toy Story Aliens in Rocket

Pizza Planet Restaurant

Also, watch out for the giant electrical cord!

Toy Story Electrical Cord

To experience an “At the Movies” sermon, visit one of LifeChurch.tv’s many campuses or attend online at one of 48 weekly service times. Due to movie licensing rights, these sermons will not be available to watch online after the sermon series, so be sure to catch “At the Moves” while it is still going on.

Special thanks to @johnadavis (LifeChurch.tv Logistcs Director) and @derrickhenslee (LifeChurch.tv Tulsa Campus Pastor) for taking the photos.

Kent Shaffer

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18 responses to Toy Story At the Movies – LifeChurch.tv Tulsa Campus

  1. Fantastic… as always? Quick question. How is LC managing the copyright issues here?

  2. @Kirk

    I am not sure on the specifics of how LifeChurch.tv handles the aspects of copyright issues for At the Movies, but I do know that the Central offices risk management team is very thorough on vetting out all issues to make sure that LifeChurch.tv is in compliance and paying appropriate royalties.

  3. Amazing! I love it.

  4. Kent, cool story here…love the “At The Movies” series, all the folks that come through and the looks on their faces, then the best part knowing that our Savior is transforming lives through the messages…good stuff…trust you, Evie, & the kids are enjoying OKC/Edmond…visited with your dad this past weekend, it’s always good to see him…blessings and have a great week!!

  5. @steve

    Tulsa did a great job this year. OKC has been good to us. It is an honor and exciting to help at Central offices.

  6. Beautiful work! Great job LC. Inspiring stuff.

  7. wonderful job… very inspiring..

  8. Yet another enormous waste of money, time, and resources to entertain in the name of Jesus. I look at this and think of all the families that could have been provided groceries for, the single-moms who could’ve had their cars fixed, or the grandparents-turned-parents again to their grandkids had one of many expenses paid for.

    What a terrible use of money.

    I believe God will still be glorified despite the reckless use of baseless entertainment pretending to be the Gospel. There are just soooo many legit things all that money could have been used for to bring the Good News to folks.

  9. @Dan

    You might be pleased to know that this annual sermon series has changed some lives for the better.
    Watch this phenomenal story about Jeff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eck72OCDl0
    I know Jeff, and he is one of the most remarkable Christians I know in Tulsa.

    I understand your perspective, but be careful how you judge. Grace is a wonderful thing. It is fine to disagree, but you use some pretty harsh language.

    Although each one of us is flawed in some area, it is fortunate that the Holy Spirit is able to work threw our imperfections and less than ideal methods to give God the glory and create life change.

  10. And I’m supposed to applaud this? Kent, I understand your warning to Dan to not be judgmental, but what would you say to Christ when he took out his bull-whip and started overturning tables in the Temple because the money changers accusing them of turning God’s Temple into a den of thieves?

    Did the Temple have paintings and murals of the latest and greatest secular super heroes of all time so crowds of lulled children, men and women could stare in amazement and say “LOOK, it’s Lebanon Man! with his Ultimate High-profile dagger of peace!”

    But in all seriousness, as Dan said, this is truly a big waste of money. As I mentioned in another topic here earlier, if you draw in a crowd with entertainment, they will stay because of entertainment, but if you draw in a crowd because of the Gospel of Christ, they will want to be fed more of the Gospel.

    Kent, God has given you a great opportunity to talk to thousands, but what are you willing to feed them, the Gospel or how to gain members with the latest technology?

    In Christ,
    Sky

  11. On a side note, I can’t wait until the documentary, Segregation, hits shelves. Look where relevance has gotten us.

    http://vimeo.com/12280117

  12. @Skylar
    I understand your perspective, and you may be surprised to know that we share similar thoughts in many areas. I believe that above all else ministry must strive to authentically live out the gospel, the Great Commission and the 2 love commandments. Great ministry is about relationships not novelty.

    Be careful as you judge my heart and ministries like LifeChurch.tv from a distance. Just because a church does something fun or attractional does not mean that they do not intend to preach the gospel with conviction and nurture loving relationships. You are generalizing, which is dangerous and not fair.

    I appreciate your passion/righteous anger, and I encourage you to funnel it to living out ministry the way you see fit. Different styles of ministry are needed in order to reach people for Christ. I’ve yet to find any ministry style or person that is perfect. But I have met many ministers who try their best and make a lot of mistakes (and sometimes it is that imperfection that gives God glory).

  13. @Kent

    Thanks for your response. In no way am I judging your heart, but rather what has been written, endorsed and encouraged on this blog. Christ said in Matthew 7 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” If a man meanders about touting the belief that God wants you healthy, wealthy and living your best life now (and the list goes on, and it truly does) then it is my job to be as the Bereans and study out what that man says to see if it is truly in the Word. I must judge what he says. If it is found to be untrue, and this continues to go on and on, sermon after sermon, week after week, year after year, I would label that man a false prophet; a false teacher who should step down as pastor. I will know them by their fruits.

    Secondly, I would agree with you when you say “above all else ministry must strive to authentically live out the gospel, the Great Commission and the 2 love commandments.” However, what is being put out from this site is how to be technically relevant to a godless society by means of entertainment. I’ve scarcely seen an article saying “How to draw a crowd with the Gospel.” Many many churches today with countless thousands in them are preaching false doctrines (such as Life Church, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, Ed Young, TBN, etcetera). If we’d stop being so obsessed with sermons on how to have better sex and focus more on the Gospel, you’d find that your church size would decrease. Why? Because this world is getting worse, but being like it isn’t going to help lost souls get saved, it will only convince them that Christianity will stand by them in their sin without it affecting their souls.

    Joking isn’t the problem, the lack of the Gospel is. Granger churches senior pastor came out with a poll a little while ago, and here’s what he found:

    * 47% of those attending DO NOT believe in salvation by grace.
    * 57% of those attending DO NOT believe in the authority of the Bible.
    * 56% of those attending DO NOT believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

    56 percent of Granger’s audience DO NOT believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life!? That’s over half of his attendance; 1 out of 2 people don’t believe that Jesus Christ is who He said He is. Why is that? Is it possible that all of the ACDC-like false fire worship and our pop-culture teachings have drowned the congregation in a sea of nonsense that isn’t going to aid their spiritual growth but feed their flesh?

    The question we must ask ourselves is, have we possibly done things wrong? Did we introduce secular theological world views into our ministries that have caused stats like the above to come out? To that end, what can we do to change those stats?

  14. @Skylar

    I understand. Not all posts here are novelty-centric. For instance, you may like:
    http://churchrelevance.com/best-advice-for-young-leaders/

    The past season of content has been more aesthetics focused while earlier this year was very missional ministry focused.

    As I have written before, much of this content is for people who are doing all of the basics very well. If you have a healthy ministry that preaches the gospel with substance and loves people, than anything that is novelty will only help you reach more people and the spiritual truths be easier to remember.

    When built on substance, novelty is makes spiritual truth sticky (easier to remember). When the basics aren’t present, novelty is a flimsy attraction that quickly fades.

    I believe that the problem with US Christianity has less to do with how church is conducted for a few hours on weekends and more with how individuals live out their faith throughout the rest of the week. There are hundreds of factors influencing why things are so poor, but the primary reasons vary depending on one’s theological mix.

  15. I AGREE WITH sKYLAR. mY sPIRIT WAS SO DISTURBED THIS PAST sUNDAY. i FELT LIKE i WAS GOING TO A THEATRE MORE THAN A SERVICE. THE WORLD IS SLOWLY CREEPING INTO THE CHURCH WITH ENTERTAINMENT. WHEN I GOT SAVED I HEARD THE GOSPEL AND THE HOLY GHOST CONVICTED MY HEART AND I AM STILL SAVED TODAY BECAUSE OF THE GOOD NEWS. THE MESSAGES ARE GOOD, BUT I DO NOT NEED ALL OF THAT OTHER STUFF TO GET ME TO COME TO CHURCH. THE HOLY GHOST DREW ME AND THE BIBLE SAYS NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER UNLESS THE SPIRIT SAYS. I MAY BE OLD SCHOOL BUT I LOVE THE PRESENCE AND THE POWER OF GOD, SPEAKING IN TONGUES, SINGING IN TONGUES AND LETTING THE SPIRIT OF GOD HAVE HIS AGENDA AND NOT MANS. USED TO PREACHERS WOULD GET THEIR MESSAGES FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOW THEY GET IT OFF THE INTERNET. TOO MANY PREACHERS ARE DOING WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING.

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