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Last night, I had the opportunity to share dinner with leaders celebrating 5 and 10 year anniversaries of their church’s launch and with future church planters.  My favorite part of the evening came when the leaders celebrating their anniversaries poured wisdom into the future church planters.  Here are some of the highlights:

Love your community, and if you don’t love your community then ask God to change your heart

Take the long-term view in this

Get with other lead pastors in your community — you can’t reach your community by yourself

Hold fast and tight to your original calling

Understand the spiritual story of your city

Everyone might have a vision for your church; however, it is the Lord’s church and He gets to call the shots

Embrace the passion that is uniquely yours

Find a need where you are in your community and meet it

When God calls you to plant a church, it is your battleground.   […]

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Over 53 million people of Hispanic descent live in the United States.

Two-thirds of all Latinos living in the U.S. were born in the United States.

Of those, 96% speak primarily English, with more than 60% speaking only English.

22% (16 million) of all U.S. children under age 18 are Hispanic.  1 in 5 children in the U.S. Are Hispanic!

Over 85% of all followers of Jesus decide to accept Him between the ages of 4 and 14.

Church planting is the most effective means of sharing the Gospel. So Stadia plants churches that intentionally care for children. We see a great need to reach this fast-growing population by planting churches that reach Latino children. […]

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Teaching people about stewardship, generosity and simply how to honor God with their finances is one of the most important things we can do as church leaders. Our Generosity Pre-conference at Expo West will be taught by some of the best practitioners in the country. This is a session that is absolutely vital for anyone in a church leadership role.

Tues, Oct. 6 | 8am – 11:45am
Mariners Church | Irvine, CA
Hosted by Stadia and Generis and featuring: Greg Nettle, Julie Bullock, Sean Morgan & Phil Ling

Register Here […]

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This past Sunday evening I got to spend some time with Pizza, Jesus…and my daughter’s friends.  She had invited them over for a casual evening where they could eat together and talk about Jesus.  She asked me to part of that time and I was honored.  Here are a few things that I learned:

1.  I obviously love my daughter, but I really LIKE her too.  And, I like her friends.  It was great to have time with them.

2.  High School students are really incredible.  While there is a lot of “bad news” saturating our media regarding youth, what I witnessed that evening was a room full of young adults that are carrying challenging course-work, competing at high levels in sports, navigating through friendships and romances and still care deeply about their relationship with Jesus. […]

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I love this story of how New City Church is intentionally caring for children…

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As Lead Pastor of New City Church, Nate Bush regularly asks himself two questions: 1) “Thirty years from now, how will Albuquerque, New Mexico, be different because of New City Church?” 2) “What can we do together that we can’t do on our own.”

New Mexico, known as the setting for Breaking Bad, has Nate regularly confronting the truth of statistics. New Mexico is the poorest state in the country and is touted as the “worst state to be a kid.” Contributing to that are lowest test scores in 4th grade reading and only a 60% high school graduation rate. […]

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Loved having lunch in San Francisco with my good friend Jon Tisevich–so proud of this church planter.

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To learn more about #theRevelationProject, check out their website or watch this video:

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I am excited as these three churches prepare to launch this weekend and move us toward the day when Every Child Has A Church!

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Good News Church Powell, OH

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Unlock Church Maple Grove, MN

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Lifepointe Church — Wake Forest, NC

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Expo West is less than a month away and I’m especially excited about two Pre-Conference Labs that are being hosted by Stadia.  Attend either one of these Labs and register to win Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphone

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Creating a Culture of Generosity (Tues. 10/6, 8 to 11:45 a.m.)

Hosted by Stadia and Generis and featuring: Greg Nettle, Julie Bullock, Sean Morgan & Phil Ling

Generosity isn’t about getting things from people but rather growing faith in people. By casting a clear, crisp and compelling vision for heart-focused generosity, we can unleash the potential in our churches to change the world. In this pre-conference lab, you’ll hear from proven experts about how to develop a generous culture through effective vision-casting. […]

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I love how Elevate Christian Church embraced the vision of intentionally caring for children when they hosted a CARNIVAL at the local middle school.  Friends and Families came together for an afternoon of food, games, bouncy houses and music!

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To see more pictures from the carnival, click here.

To check out Lead Pastor, Kurt Pflegl’s thoughts from the day, click here.

To see a list of the rest of the churches Stadia is launching this year, click here. […]

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This past weekend, some close friends moved their son into college. As they were unpacking, his mom ran across his coffee mug with a crumbled dollar bill in it. She asked him, “What’s with the dollar?”  And, he replied, “That’s my Pastor Greg dollar.” Nate is beginning his sophomore year at Syracuse. Last year, as he started college 2 states and 6 hours away, we all went through a bit of a transition. Nate was the first of the kids that “we do life with” who was leaving for school.

I remember the first time he came home to visit. A group of us have season tickets to the local high school football games. […]

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