While the calendar says summer doesn’t end until late September, once the kids go back to school our schedules seem to take on a more serious tone.  Here is a list of 5 things to do before then.

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Read a good book.  I really enjoyed Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylis

Take a walk in nature.  God loves it when we are awed by His creation

Spend some time with your kids…unscheduled and unhurried.  I just had the opportunity to spend some time with my good friend, Wess Stafford.  I love this quote from him, “Just know this: What you will do among children is as close to the heart of God and central to his kingdom as anything we could mention.”

Go to a drive in movie.   […]

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LifePointe Christian Church in Fort Mill South Carolina, led by Nate Siemon, believes in getting better before you get bigger. The reality is LifePointe is doing both. With average weekly attendance of approximately 700 people over two weekend services, the communities of South Charlotte, Fort Mill and Rock Hill are truly coming together to worship, serve and grow.

When Matt McGue partnered with Stadia in 2004 to plant LifePointe, Nate soon joined the team as the Student Pastor, eventually becoming their Campus Pastor. Nate reflects on his time serving with Matt. “Matt is my hero in ministry,” says Nate. “He believed in me and saw more in me than I saw in myself. […]

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“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”  Abigail Van Buren

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I love the privilege of working with Stadia to cast the vision of Every Child Has a Church.  And, I love the partnership between Stadia and Compassion International…here is one more reason why.

“Pablo is 11-years-old. He uses a portion of the money he earns in the mines to buy alcohol. Many of the people who showed him the ropes when he started five years ago have died from malnourishment, alcohol/coca abuse or physical ailments related to mining. Pablo drinks so he doesn’t have to think about his life being one quarter over. He continues to revere the Satan statue and is glad it keeps him alive in the mines. […]

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Josh and Katie Burnett have a vision to reach people who don’t have a church and aren’t yet followers of Jesus. But they know they can’t see this vision become reality on their own. Last Spring, they connected with Stadia and started on a journey that is laying a solid foundation for planting a new church within the next few years.

The Burnetts are currently serving in a Church Planting Residency with Connect Church (Washington, IL), under the leadership of Dave Jane. Launching in 2013, Connect averages 400 in weekend worship attendance and has baptized over 50 people.

Josh remembers meeting Dave and his wife, Kasey, at the 2014 Exponential Conference. […]

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Last year, I had the privilege of interviewing Chris Hornbrook and Brandon Grant at Expo West.  I loved the vision they spoke about that day (to read more about the vision, click here) and wanted to share this update from Brandon with you.

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It was 3 years ago that my wife and I sensed the calling to pack up our things, move to San Diego, and start a new church. This came by way of an invitation from Chris Hornbrook – the lead pastor of Momentum Christian Church in Chula Vista, CA (www.momentumsandiego.com). Chris not only invited me to start a new church, but to be a part of a much larger vision – a vision we’ve come to call 10|10|10. […]

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Several weeks ago, my good friend Gene Appel spoke at a breakfast Stadia hosted at the North American Christian Convention.  He talked about the effectiveness of the model that Stadia, together with Compassion International, is using to build churches and care for children.  He candidly shared that for a long time his focus was more on the internal.  Then, on a trip to Zambia, Africa, and after sitting on a step speaking with a young mother who was HIV+, how his focus changed.  That conversation wrecked him.  He challenged the audience to be wrecked by poverty and to “never stop letting God wreck you about the needs around the world.”

I am grateful for the time he shared with us…I am grateful for his partnership…I am grateful that he was wrecked. […]

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I have the privilege of leading Stadia, a church planting organization that won’t stop until Every Child Has A Church!

We know that church planting is the single most effective way to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We also know that …

85% of those who make a decision to follow Jesus do so between the ages of 4 and 14.
All children are at risk. Danger and disease stem from poverty as well as prosperity.
So when we combine new church planting with caring for children, we see exponential Kingdom results. We are relentless about this vision. […]

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Throughout 2015, Stadia is partnering with Praise Chapel to start churches in the U.S. that reach second and third generation Latinos.  My friend, Phil Hernandez, a leader in the Praise Chapel Movement recently spoke to Stadia about the difference these church plants are making.

I encourage you to watch this short video to learn more about this important work:

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And, to read more of Phil’s story, check out this blog post. […]

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My good friend, Jeremy Brown, is hitting it out of the park as he leads Journey Church in Medina, TN.  I love the journey God has taken him on and the way he has responded.  I encourage you to check out this article which highlights his commitment to make sure “Every Child Has A Church!”

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“As Jesus followers, our job to kick darkness until it bleeds into light.” Jeremy Brown, Lead Pastor of Journey Church

 

 

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