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This March, I’m climbing a 33 mile track in New Zealand. I’ll ascend mountains fueled by the support of generous sponsors like you who have pledged to fund new churches for every mile of this climb. My goal is to raise $325,000, which will fund 50 new churches in Southern Asia in a strategic partnership.

By investing in my “Climb 4 Kids,” you are helping to start churches that intentionally and strategically care for children, which brings hope to them, their families and their communities. Thank you for helping us ensure that Every Child Has a 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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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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Julie and I were traveling by bus along with 20 other leaders from the U.S.A. from Bogota to Cartagena. Just the previous day we had flown from our home in Northern Ohio to Colombia, South America.

As we settled in for the multi-hour bus-ride, our conversation turned toward the children of Colombia. Specifically the children who would be part of Compassion International’s ministry at two of the new churches Stadia was in the process of planting.

Our friend Erik, who works for Compassion, handed us six child-sponsorship packets representing six of the children that could be sponsored at the churches we would be visiting. […]

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I recently spoke with Vince Antonucci about the important work that he is doing planting churches in some of the darkest places.  If you are a church planter with Christ-like compassion for those furthest from God, check out this video and visit www.splagna.com

 

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I, as the sponsor, am the one who is blessed.

You cannot out-give the poor.

I must learn to live with “enough.”

The child I sponsor is praying FOR ME on a regular basis.

The letters I write are treasures to the child I sponsor.

 

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d4f040ce71f85a72a689c780352bff60I read the book, Unbroken, nearly three years ago. And it broke me up. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the past several years. Unbroken chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was an Olympic track star who was later shot down and captured by the Japanese during WWII. His survival story is nothing short of astonishing, heart-rending, on the edge of your seat intensity.

If I want to give a book to a man to move him on the continuum of becoming a follower of Jesus, Unbroken is the book. This is not a “Christian” book in the traditional sense but rather a book about a man who, against all odds, becomes a Christian. […]

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One tool that I have found extremely helpful in managing my schedule is called the Gating Tool.  As you weigh what is allowed into your life and into your schedule, I think you will find it helpful too.  Watch this short video to learn more.

 

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I just spent a day with Alan Hirsch. As a result, my fire was stoked once again on why missional matters.

Discipleship happens exponentially when we are on mission together.

The early church was a church on mission and experienced phenomenal growth.

The missional impulse flows out of our God who “sent” His Son on mission.

Most of today’s world is not attracted to sexy buildings or services but rather to Christians who serve the world on mission as Jesus served the world on mission.

Jesus did not tell us to “sit” He told us to “go.”

*For further reading, pick up Alan Hirsch’s amazing book: The Forgotten Ways. […]

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mel McGowan from Visioneering Studios.  He shared some important ideas to keep in mind when considering a space for your church.  Check out this video.

 

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