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There’s a Hole In Our Mission

There’s a Hole In Our Mission

When I was 16 years old, a knuckleheaded college student named Joe asked me to help him lead a middle school Young Life team in my town. We played guitar to Goo Goo Dolls songs, we had epic events, we spent lunch time in middle school cafeterias and taught kids how...

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Mental Health and The Church

Mental Health and The Church

It wasn’t until after college that I realized I had struggled with depression. Looking back, I don’t remember a time in my life that I hadn’t. It felt like I was constantly treading water and trying to grasp for air, only to be pulled back under again. It was scary....

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Advice to my 2019 Self

Advice to my 2019 Self

It's December 2019 and you're ready to start a new church... Four Rivers Church held our first in-person service in Durham, New Hampshire on Sunday, June 13th with 65 people joining our 9AM service and 75 people at 6PM. Our startup team stepped in to take on roles...

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Why Tithing Hurts the Mission of Jesus

Why Tithing Hurts the Mission of Jesus

OK… I confess, that title may be guilty of falling into the category of “clickbait.”  Perhaps a more accurate title for this post would be “Why Our Sole Dependency On Tithing Hurts The Mission of Jesus.” Recognizing this truth is an important first step toward a...

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Three Reasons You Need a 2am Prayer Team

Three Reasons You Need a 2am Prayer Team

Prayer, a most valuable availability that we hold as followers of Christ and also the most under utilized. If God has called you to plant a church, I would argue that the first step you need to take is to gather a prayer team around you. This team shouldn’t be broad...

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Praying for our Families

Praying for our Families

Throughout 2021, we are praying for the Church to thrive, grow, and multiply. This month, we are praying for our families. We set our alarms for every day at 11:09am to pray - encouraged by Luke 11:9: "So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you...

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MOHI and Stadia Announce Partnership and New Model

MOHI and Stadia Announce Partnership and New Model

Since 2003, we at Stadia have been passionate about helping to start and lead thriving churches for the next generation. We have a desire to see a world where every child will experience the love of Jesus Christ through the local church, and we won’t stop ‘until every...

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Five Reasons to Binge Watch ‘Planted’ Today

Five Reasons to Binge Watch ‘Planted’ Today

The first season of Planted follows six weeks in the life of Jason and Jyothi James as they follow their calling and overcome the unexpected (and that’s an understatement!) to start a new church in Harlem. At one point in Episode 2, Jason and Jyothi share the soul...

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Wanting To Be A Woman I Wasn’t

Wanting To Be A Woman I Wasn’t

Many, many moons ago, when I was but 22 years old, I wanted to be a woman that I wasn’t. Having been raised in church, I had a strange theology surrounding womanhood – not one that had ever been explicitly taught to me, but one that was a hodgepodge of things I’d...

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