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In recent history the church has embraced a model of discipleship that encourages parents to, “Bring your children to us and we will disciple them. And, by the way, we would love it if you would help.” This model is ineffective as much as it is unbiblical. It is imperative that the church today shifts to a new model of discipleship that encourages parents to, “Disciple your children as your primary responsibility. And, we (the church) would love to help.”

Because our world is becoming more and more sensitive to the needs of children, a reflection of the heart of God, it provides those of us who follow Jesus with an unprecedented opportunity to disciple children in our homes, in our churches, in our communities and throughout the world. […]

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BECAUSE EVERY CHILD IS AT RISK.

We’ve all seen the pictures of children who lack food and suffer from malnutrition or whose bodies are ravaged by disease and sickness. We wonder what we can do to help them, to meet their needs.  And while these dangers are clear to us, there are dangers of a different sort that millions of other children face. Children who struggle with a sense of entitlement, a lack of direction or purpose, and who are drowning in a sea of materialism in homes filled with toys and stuff, but very little love.

There are dangers and diseases that stem from poverty, and there are dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity. […]

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I am very excited to announce the on sale date for the book that I have co-authored with Compassion International President, Jimmy Mellado, is April 12th.

Children have always been close to the heart of God and as followers of Jesus it is our responsibility to protect, nurture, and pass our faith to children.  In Small Matters: Why Children are Such a Big Deal, we offer a model of discipleship that encourages us all to raise up the next generation to be deeply committed to and in love with Jesus.

When we awaken to the fact that children between the ages of four and fourteen are the most likely to make a decision to follow Jesus, and that the discipleship that children receive forms their future, it will transform the way we view children, invest in them, reach out to them, teach them and ultimately, empower them to be disciples of Jesus. […]

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From Ecuador:

I had the opportunity to visit with Inti today…the first child my family sponsored through Compassion International.  We have been sponsoring her for 13 years.  She is now 19 — a young woman full of hope and a future who will do great things for God’s kingdom.

Cost of sponsorship — $38 a month Helping shape the eternal destiny of a little girl — priceless

Click here to learn more about the partnership between Stadia and Compassion

Click here to find out more information on sponsoring a child and  being part of priceless moments like this. […]

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Looking forward to the Exponential East Conference in Orlando and to the Stadia Party…Tuesday April 26th!

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Register Here […]

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I love this story in the Wauwatosa News about one of Stadia’s latest church plants.  And, I love how the services provided by Stadia create margins for planters to work on important issues like this as they work to make sure Every Child Has a Church!

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“The segregation issue in Milwaukee has reached this worldwide network, where they’re now doing stories on why you find so many different ethnicities just separated in the city,” McKee said. “Although there aren’t any physical gates, there are things that keep certain ethnicities from moving to certain areas.”

“What City of Light wants to do, and what we are doing, is creating safe environments for people to come together, have fun together, just hang out together — but let that be the start of individuals, cross-culturally, coming together, learning about one another and then appreciating differences and seeing how those differences can help to solve some of the issues that we see here in Greater Milwaukee,” McKee said. […]

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My family and I spent New Year’s Eve with close friends.  As we prepared to usher in the New Year, there was great food, football and Bingo — a game that could be played by our entire group (our party included 5 adults and close to 15 kids ranging in age from 5-20).  The Bingo was fairly intense.  The prizes ranged from a rather unique elf hat (that had to be worn by the “winner”) to gift cards.  As the last game was played, the final winner was allowed to choose any of the prizes that had been opened or the prize I had in my back pocket.   […]

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As 2015 draws to a close, please take a minute to watch this video and remember some of the incredible highlights of this past year…52 new churches, countless lives and communities transformed.

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In 2016, we will continue to strive toward our vision of every child having a church.  We’re gearing up to plant 100 or more churches a year. This kind of vision will require great generosity.

Would you consider making a gift to Stadia to fuel this important work? You can make your gift online at www.stadia.cc/expansion2016 or mail a check to PO Box 17900, Irvine, CA, 92623-9700. […]

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Every year on Christmas Eve, our family reads the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2, celebrating the Good News of Great Joy that is the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. As we do so this week, I can’t help but think of the billions of people around the globe who won’t hear this Good News because they don’t have access to a local church.

Our family wants to change that … and we hope yours does as well! Watch this video to hear how our family invests in new churches.

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This past October, Stadia hosted an Anniversary Dinner at the Exponential West conference.  Cesar and Maria Salazar had the rare opportunity to attend the celebration, not only to celebrate the five-year anniversary of their church plant, Plaza Iglesia in Bakersfield, CA, but also to celebrate the launch of a new campus in West Bakersfield.  During the celebration, we asked Cesar to share what he has learned in the past five years.

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He spoke candidly about the importance of perseverance and how at times you need to guard against that drive crossing over into stubbornness.

He shared that when God calls you to plant a church, it is your battleground. […]

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