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Please enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 1:

Every child is at risk.

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

Throughout our travels to some of the darkest recesses of poverty on the planet, we’ve witnessed firsthand the dangers and diseases that stem from poverty. And as a result of raising children in the United States, we’ve also witnessed firsthand the dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity.

We’ve seen children eat dirt to fill their rumbling stomachs, and we’ve seen children struggling with obesity from too many trips to the nearest fast-food chain restaurant. […]

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This past weekend a friend attended church with me for the first time. Actually, he attended church as a child but hadn’t been in church for the past 18 years. It was fascinating experiencing a weekend gathering with someone you care about and whom you desperately want to have a good enough visit that he will want to come back.

Here are a few observations:

 Humor matters. Any time my friend was able to laugh, I knew that he was enjoying the service and that his defenses were down. The quality of the music matters. Because music was at least 40% of the service, it could either draw my friend in or drive him away. […]
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I am so excited about the upcoming release of Small Matters.  I recently sat down with my co-author and friend, Jimmy Mellado.  We had the chance to talk about why Small Matters.  Check out this video:

Greg & Mellado about Book […]

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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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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!

Wi Church Feature

“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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