I love what Stadia church plant, Verve, is doing in Las Vegas…

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“In 2010 we started a new church in the heart of Sin City called Verve.” Says pastor Vince Antonucci, “As Christians we are suppose to be drawing people to Jesus, but what often happens is the exact opposite. Then, in 2013, we came up with a new slogan for our church … “God For The Rest Of Us.” Our attendance grew by 40%. And, it wasn’t people from other churches. It was unchurched, non-Christians who were coming, drawn by this message that maybe God still had a place for them. […]

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My good friend and mentor, Wess Stafford, says that every child you encounter is a divine appointment. You can use that encounter to speak life into that child. And, in the heart of a child, one moment can last a lifetime.

Keeping that in mind, I think we must ask ourselves, “How can we show children that God is for them?” The answer is that WE must be for them. When Jesus was here on Earth, He was for people…He was with people…but most significantly, He LIKED people. So, it stands to reason, as Jesus’ followers, we must be for people, we must be with people and perhaps most importantly, we must LIKE people. […]

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85% of the people who decide to follow Jesus do so between the ages of 4 and 14. Children Matter. Small Matters. I have the privilege of leading Stadia… an organization that won’t stop until every child has a church. I believe that the church must be intentional in the way they care for and minister to children. And, I believe that there are four major shifts that need to occur in churches to help with that.

1. Shift from: “We can do it and you can help” to “You can do it and we can help” As parents (and as people investing in the lives of children), it is our responsibility to show children our faith. […]

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Today is the first day of school for my children.  There are a lot of traditions that go along with the first day of school:  new lunch boxes, fresh school supplies and plenty of pictures.  My favorite tradition happened last night.  My family, along with close friends, gathered in the driveway of one of the families that we have linked arms with as we raise our kids (to read more about the importance of relationships in raising your children, click here).  We form a big circle and we ask the kids, “how can we pray for you before the school year begins tomorrow?”  The answers vary…”that I can get my locker open…that sports go well and that we remain injury free…that I have someone to each lunch with…that I can be a good friend to kids who may need a friend.”  Then, we ask the parents, “how can we pray for you before the school year begins tomorrow?”  The answers are similar…”that our children are safe…that our children would make good choices…that our children would be a beacon of light in their school.”  And then we pray.   […]

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About 15 years ago (when my oldest daughter, Tabitha, was a year old), I was asked the question:  “What is your plan for discipling your children?”

Over the years, I have come to realize that the most important people I will disciple are my own children.  All. Children. Matter.  None matter as much as the children that God has entrusted to you in your own home.

Deuteronomy 6: 1-9 offers some promises and a prescription.  I encourage you to read those verses.  In the meantime, I wanted to share, on a very practical level, my approach to being strategic in the way I disciple my own children.   […]

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I love the work that Matt McGue and his team at One Church in Jackson, MS are doing.  They recently made the evening news when their HOPE Truck passed out popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to a crowd of 7000. Their hoola hoops, jump ropes and sidewalk chalk were a hit too!

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To learn more about One Church and the HOPE truck, click here. […]

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I’m excited to be part of a pre-conference training session at Exponential West this year. It’s all about generosity. 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 (Julie Bullock, Dusty Rubeck and Phil Ling)  about how to develop a generous culture through effective vision-casting.

The pre-conference will be held Tuesday morning, October 6th from 8am to 11:45am. You can register here.

Church planters, this is a must attend session. […]

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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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