Answering one more of the questions you texted to me on the January 3rd & 4th "Ask Anything" weekend is GCC's Executive Pastor (and my good friend) Tim Stevens. Tim's leadership is vital to the success and growth of GCC. Here you'll see his answer to your question, “What is the history of WiredChurches.com?”
In 1997, the pastors and leaders of Granger Community Churchmade a very significant decision. You see…at that point we were a young church that had grown very quickly. We were ten years old and had just moved out of rented space and into our own facility on University Drive. We took some time as leaders to consider the amazing ten-year run and asked, “How did we get here?” There were a lot of answers to that question, but one that we couldn’t deny was the help from other pastors and church leaders around the country. Every time we had a question, we could pick up the phone and find someone else who had faced the same issue. If we needed vision, we’d jump in our cars and visit with the staff of another church.
We determined at that time—twelve years ago—that we were going to offer the same help to other churches they had offered to us. If God taught us something, we wouldn’t keep it to ourselves—we’d pass it along. If we found something that worked—we would make it available for other churches. If we did something that failed—we’d tell other pastors to avoid that path.
And so we began a journey that eventually led to the launching of WiredChurches.com. This web presence has become GCC’s hub for resources, tools and training to help equip church leaders outside our walls for spiritual and church growth. Through conferences, workshops, online tools, message downloads, series graphics and more—we have served over 13,000 church leaders in recent years in all 50 states and 25 countries around the world. It is an amazing ministry that financially supports itself and contributes to the ministry of the church. And now thousands of leaders have traveled to Granger for learning, and hundreds of thousands have experienced Granger online (including more than 1.3 million who have viewed this GCC video).