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*Playing with purpose matters.

Lebron James made a promise: “I will bring home a championship to Cleveland.” And throughout the playoffs as announcers commented on Lebron’s “superhuman” effort, Lebron simply referred to his success as “playing with purpose.”

Church planters, our purpose is far more important than a basketball championship. YOU are making an eternal difference.

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 10.04.10 AM I will never forget the image of Lebron carrying the NBA championship and the MVP trophies down the hall and into the locker room–trophies that will one day perish. Church planters, YOU are playing for a crown that will last forever! (1 Corinthians 9:25)

*It takes a team. […]

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Please take a minute to watch this important video that provides an update on Stadia and Compassion’s efforts to provide relief to those affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador.

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Over the last year I’ve led a Cohort of leaders we call the Discipleship Journey. It’s made up of 6 amazing church planters from across the U.S.  We will meet 4 times this year in different parts of the country discussing key topics that are important to church leadership.  This past week, we were in Colorado Springs discussing the truth that children matter.  We spent our time encouraging one another and prayerfully considering how we can best be there for children at risk – at risk because of poverty AND at risk because of prosperity.  I wanted to share some highlights of my time with this great group of men! […]

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I was sitting outside Starbucks enjoying a cup of coffee with my friend Corey when we were disrupted by two baristas running out the front door. The baristas hopped the stone wall and moved behind an SUV that was apparently stalled at their drive-thru window. After they pushed the very embarrassed driver’s vehicle into a nearby parking spot they stopped to explain what had happened.

The lady driving was out of gas! She pulled up to the window, put her SUV in park and her vehicle had abruptly conked out.

The amazing thing was that there was a gas station directly across the street from this particular Starbucks. […]

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The dedication to my book, Small Matters, reads: To Sunshine (Tabitha) and Moonshadow (Elijah)—the small matters who matter most in my life.

I don’t want to get to heaven some day and have God say to me, “Well done, Greg. You helped plant thousands of churches that intentionally care for children. You helped sponsor and care for hundreds of thousands of children in Jesus’ name. But Greg . . . where are Tabitha and Elijah?”

And so, Tabitha and Elijah, the two children that God has placed into my care, in my own family, are the most important children in my life. […]

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I wanted to share what’s being said about Small Matters:

“Greg and Jimmy are investing their lives in transforming a generation. Small Matters shows us how we can all make a world-changing difference in the lives of children—Vince Antonucci, pastor, Verve Church; author, God for the Rest of Us

“Jimmy and Greg weave together Scripture, research, and their experience to give you and me a remarkable tool that will change not just us but the kids we care about.”—Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute

“Greg and Jimmy have impacted hundreds of thousands of kids and families, and now they share powerful insights on how we can make a difference in our own corner of the world.”—Jud Wilhite, senior pastor, Central Church; author, Pursued

“Prepare to have your heart wrecked, your hope renewed, and your vision enlarged. […]

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I was honored to share the stage with Jimmy Mellado, President of Compassion International, during the Stadia party last Tuesday at Exponential. We raised almost enough to plant four new churches in Ecuador, and it was announced our Stadia partners donated over $190,000 so far to help with the Ecuador earthquake relief effort. If you’d like to join in this campaign, go here to donate.

Jimmy and I also had the chance to talk about Small Matters, our just-released book about the importance of children and the Stadia Compassion partnership.

In the forward of the book, John Ortberg, author and pastor writes:

“Today, suffering falls most heavily on little children. […]

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Julie and I sponsored Edino through Compassion International three years ago when he was five years old. Edino was able to be sponsored because Stadia planted a new church near his home on Pampanal Island. Prior to this new church opening, no church existed in Edino’s community.

My daughter, Tabitha and I, had the opportunity to visit Edino in his home, on his island, just a few months ago. Edino was excited to show us his new church.

Unfortunately, Pampanal Island was near the epicenter of the recent Ecuadorian earthquake. Edino was probably terrified when the earth rumbled, the ocean waves poured throughout his community, all communication with the mainland was lost and electricity was gone. […]

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Here’s what we know:

The 7.8 earthquake occurred Saturday night at 6:58 pm with the epicenter in Esmeraldas and Manabí. 238 people have been killed.

Compassion staff and pastors are safe.

Manabi is the area where our churches/sponsorship programs are most affected. It is isolated by land communication due to damages in many road bridges and in Manta Airport.

Water reservoir towers have collapsed in the areas of several of our churches/sponsorship programs so water distribution is compromised.

Esmeraldas Province has serious infrastructure damage.

San Lorenzo and its islands are free of infrastructure damage. However they have no electricity, no internet. […]

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Small Matters goes on sale TODAY!  Here are some things being said about the book:

Greg and Jimmy are investing their lives in transforming a generation. Small Matters shows us how we can all make a world- changing difference in the lives of children.

— Vince Antonucci, pastor, Verve Church; author, God for the Rest of Us

 

Jimmy and Greg weave together Scripture, research, and their experience to give you and me a remarkable tool that will change not just us but the kids we care about.

— Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute

 

Greg and Jimmy have impacted hundreds of thousands of kids and families, and now they share powerful insights on how we can make a difference in our own corner of the world. […]

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