Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m reflecting on last year’s Thanksgiving dinner of rice and beans. We ate that meal surrounded by over 200 Ecuadorian children who now have access to the love of Jesus because together we started a local church in their community.

Can I tell you how much I would love to gather around your Thanksgiving table this year to show my gratitude for your prayers and partnership? But instead of setting an extra plate at the table, take a couple minutes for me to share my “thanks” in this video message.

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I had the privilege of spending last week in Ecuador with my friend, Jason Raitz.  I wanted to share his recent blog post with you because I couldn’t say it better myself:

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Ecuador has wrecked my heart…

I just don’t words. I keep tearing up thinking about the deepest level poverty I’ve experienced in my life and I keep asking myself how do people live there. I keep asking God why I was born where I was and why they were born where they were.

I can’t get the kids faces out of my head. Their beautiful little faces. […]

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the leading communicators in our country, Albert Tate.  He shared invaluable insight into how he prepares for weekend teaching times.  This is a must see video clip!

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One of the questions that I like to ask Jesus followers is:  “What is Jesus saying to you and what are you going to do about it?”  I love the way that Angel and Desiree answer —  with quiet, humble, complete obedience.  Check out this video.

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I am inspired by what is happening in Detroit.  Please take a minute to watch this short video…I think you will be too! […]

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I recently had the chance to be in Ecuador with my good friend and mentor, Wess Stafford.  Please watch this short video to find out what happens when two great organizations partner together to make sure Every Child Has A Church.

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The new life Jesus gives us is worth celebrating. “…having been buried with him in baptism…you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God…” -Colossians 2:12

I love that Stadia church planter, Randall Tonini and  Grace City Church got to go down in the water at La Jolla Shores and celebrate this past weekend! […]

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Sometimes the best lessons are the ones that we learn from kids.  Watch this short video to be inspired.

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Stadia invests heavily into our pre-launch planters, knowing that well-equipped planters start more effective churches. So with Exponential Conference being THE event for church planting leaders, we made sure our new planters had this event as a top priority on their pre-launch timeline. We brought them together early for training specific to their leadership and learning styles.

During this year’s Exponential West our 2016 planters …

Connected with other new planters for long-term collaboration and in-the-trenches support. Gained wisdom from experienced planters who have reached the five- and ten-year mile-markers. Consulted with leading experts on generosity and leadership residency. Set goals and planned strategies for moving toward their church planting vision. […]
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Q: “What would be different in your life if you decided not to plant a church? If you would have stayed in an established church?”

A: “We would be comfortable. But church planting stretches you. It chisels at you and makes you more like Jesus. You are doing something that is going to last and change people’s lives.”

This was one of many conversations overheard in the “Stadia Village” during Exponential West earlier this month in Los Angeles. Church planting leaders came together to be trained, celebrated and inspired toward greater church planting impact.

To learn more about this incredible week, click here. […]

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