O2 Kalispell


Four years ago, in 2011, we hosted an O2 Experience in Kalispell, so wrapping up this tour in the same place was super special. Looking back at how much has changed and all God has done from then until now is astonishing. From the event branding to the execution of the evening to how much our team has grown, and most importantly the lives God has changed (over 4,000 decisions for Christ at O2 since that 2011 event!), it’s staggering what we get to be a part of.

We hosted O2 Kalispell in the historic Liberty Theatre downtown, shutting down the block in front of the venue and filling the street with food vendors, local partner organizations and a fun, street festival style vibe. The coolest thing about this space was seeing people of all ages fill the outside seating to watch the event on a giant LED screen. People filled the chairs, sat on the curb, leaned against building walls and stood to hear the gospel and God’s plan for their sex lives. The Liberty Theatre and our overflow space in the Strand Theatre were also filled.

There are so many incredible churches in the Flathead Valley, and it was great to see their support and encouragement for this event. We saw churches and organizations from several different communities bring groups with them. One of the things we emphasize as we do these events is those who make commitments to Christ get plugged into local churches. It’s encouraging to see the body of Christ working together for His glory.

The vibe of the whole event was high-energy and super fun – a great way to end our summer O2 run. Throughout the course of the three-city Montana tour we saw 160 decisions for Christ and 806 commitments to strength and honor. We love taking the O2 Experience on the road – across the country and someday across the world – but there’s no place like the Last Best Place.

Here’s the Kalispell lookbook:

















O2 Missoula


The second stop on our summer O2 tour was in Missoula, a college town with a population close to 70,000. Called the Garden City, or Zoo Town, Missoula is situated in a river valley and home to a lively downtown scene. We held the event in a killer location at the Valentine Community Center, positioned right off of a main retail area in the city.

This was the first time we’d ever had an O2 event in Missoula. It’s all part of launching into deeper waters, not knowing how things will go but taking the risk anyway. The same questions are always there: How is this going to go? Will anyone show up? Have we done everything we can do? Thoughts like these fill my mind and the minds of our team as we step out in faith to do these events.

Every time, God shows up and blows us away. This stop was no different. The venue filled almost to capacity and the vibe was full of energy and expectation. We began the night with a clear gospel message. O2 is structured this way – with a gospel message first – because a relationship with Him is the foundation for following His plan for our lives, including our sex lives. The Holy Spirit stirred the hearts of dozens who stood boldly to make commitments for Christ.

We then rolled into intermission full of music, local partner organizations and delicious local food vendors – including a ridiculously good mini donut truck. Then came time to talk sex and romance. According to the Missoula City-County Health Department, STDs are ever-increasing in the 15-24 age demographic and a little over 40% of Missoula high school students have had sex. At the end of the night, we saw more than half of those in attendance stand to make commitments to strength and honor.

We give people the opportunity to share their stories with us and it’s powerful to see how lives are impacted and changed by God’s plan for our sex lives. This story came in from a young man who attended our Missoula event:

“I never fully realized what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. Tonight I gave my life to the Lord for the first time and I am so excited to start my walk with God. I have had some struggles with purity in my life. When I was 7 a friend came over and showed me some pornography and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Tonight I made a commitment to stop and I am really glad I made that decision. I am so stoked on being able to start my purity and walk with Jesus and save myself for my future wife.”

Seeing stories like this spurs me, my wife and our team on. We’re grateful to see lives changed and God bless our efforts. Thank you to everyone who attended our Missoula event or watched online, we’re believing this will have an impact for generations.

Here’s the lookbook for our Missoula stop:















O2 Billings


This summer marked the first O2 Experience Montana tour since we began the event in 2004. We’ve held an O2 event in Kalispell before, but never an actual tour through the Treasure State. That all changed this June. We traveled over 900 miles across our massive home state to take the message of life, death, sex and romance on the road to Billings, Missoula and Kalispell.

We kicked off the tour in downtown Billings at the historic Babcock Theatre. Billings is Montana’s largest city with a population of over 100,000 people, and is a center for retail, hotels, conferences and events in the state. It’s nicknamed the “Magic City,” due to its rapid growth from a small railroad town in the late 1800’s to a booming hub for trade and distribution.

Our team, traveling with two trucks hauling 24’ and 32’ trailers, and two vans carrying tour team members, began load in to the venue the day before the event. The Babcock is a vibey old theatre built in 1907. The outside features a killer old school sign and marquee, and the inside of the 750-seat theatre has just as much character.

I had the opportunity to talk about O2 Billings on both TV and radio interviews while we were in town. It’s incredible to see the platforms that open up to help spread the vision and heart behind this event. According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services 46% of teens in the state are sexually active, with 65.9% of male and 62.5% of female high school seniors having had sex. In Yellowstone County alone there have been more than 34,000 births to teen mothers, ages 15-19, over the last few years. There is a need not only across the U.S. for this message about the power connected to purity, but right here in our home state.

The day of the event we encountered a crazy storm – with flooding across the city shutting down some major roads, leaving our team scrambling to bring outdoor booths inside the venue at the last minute. Despite the intense rain and floods, we saw a few hundred people attend, with many giving their lives to Christ and a majority of attendees making a commitment to strength and honor.

It was a killer kick-off to our Montana tour, here’s a lookbook for the event: