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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Spent time this week with a great group of young church leaders in Colorado. Love these guys and their commitment to doing whatever it takes to start churches that care for children.

11009369_1006498749369489_4698327938290963478_oWhile together, we toured Compassion International offices and got to hear from Compassion leaders. These Leadership Principles are prominently displayed at the Compassion HQ:

Compassion Leadership PrinciplesDemonstrate godly character
Cherish family
Commit to a local church
Live with integrity
Exemplify servant leadership
Humbly listen
Lead with courage
Ignite passion for ministry
Master communications
Equip staff
Strive for excellence
Practice personal disciplines

This kind of leadership is what makes Compassion such a high impact organization. […]

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Last Thanksgiving, I led a Stadia/Compassion International Vision Trip to Ecuador.  This trip was unique in that everyone traveling were close personal friends and collectively, our 10 children (ranging in age from 6th-11th grade) were traveling with us.  The week was incredibly special.  We saw firsthand the difference a local church makes in the lives of families.  We participated in “a day in the life” experience, where each family partnered with a local family and went to work alongside them.  We spent a day with our Compassion kids — playing, swimming and sharing a meal together.

On the last evening of the trip, we were talking about what the week had meant to us — things that surprised us…inspired us…moments that we would never forget.   […]

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Gene Appel has become a great partner with Stadia in starting new churches. In fact, Eastside has pioneered our work in Mexico, planting churches where Compassion International can care for hundreds of children through child development sponsorship programs.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 8.34.37 AMReally glad that Gene has agreed to be our guest during a breakfast event Stadia will host during this month’s North American Christian Convention. Check out this video to hear about Eastside’s experience. Then if you’ll be in town for NACC or you’re in the Cincinnati area, make plans to join us for breakfast on Thursday June 25 at 7:30 a.m. You’ll hear more from Gene about the powerful Kingdom results that takes place when you combine church planting and caring for children. […]

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