Bloom: Who We Are
Bloom is a ministry of Stadia that “Empowers women to maximize their role in starting churches.”
Stadia is the ONLY church planting organization that offers customized care for women in church planting. Bloom is more than a women’s ministry! Rather, we are about helping women reach the next level in their leadership together. We are excited for you to become a part of the Bloom Community and experience all that Bloom offers. Check out the Connect, Empower and Lead tabs to learn more.
Bloom: Our Story
Change often starts around a table.
Back in 2007 Debbie Jones sat around a table with 3 women who had recently planted new churches with Stadia. An experienced church planter herself, Debbie Jones knew a lot about the joys and challenges these women were facing. Something began to stir in her heart.
While the incredible men who God had called to plant churches were given opportunities for training, support, and mentoring, something was missing for the women. That night around a table, Debbie asked those 3 women to prayerfully consider how God could use them to help support and encourage other church planting women. From that conversation, Bloom was born.
Since that night in 2007, many different women have pulled up a chair and sat at that same table. Over the last ten years Bloom has grown and expanded to reach a great number of women in church planting. Bloom is a thriving community of women who come together to find nourishment, encouragement and training to grow as leaders, servants and supporters within their unique contexts. This community empowers women to maximize their role in starting churches.
Bloom understands that the church planting journey can come with lots of questions about what’s next. We put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you discover more about church planting and the support Bloom offers.
Is church planting right for my family?
What will the Church Planter Discovery Process look like?
What support does Stadia offer?
What does Bloom offer?
Bloom is a ministry that empowers women to maximize their role in starting churches. We accomplish this through connection with other church planting women and leadership development. Bloom offers a wide range of care no matter what level of church planting you are in. We offer online learning communities that cover a multitude of topics. We have a closed Facebook community for women in church planting. We also give women in church planting a voice through our Writing Team. In addition to all of that, we offer a dynamic annual retreat custom designed for women in church planting. Bloom also offers additional customized care for women in the Lead Planters/Spouse role.
Where will we plant?
What will be my role in a new church?
Bloom’s passion is helping women develop as leaders so that they may discover and reach their full potential for the Kingdom. One of the most empowering things about church planting is that you are free to lead however you are gifted! Whether you are a gifted communicator, highly organized, a solid support to your family, amazing with children or an awesome worship leader, the sky really is the limit. We look forward to helping you figure it out how God wants to use you in a new church.
Watch this video to hear how Karrie discovered her role in the new church she and her husband, Aaron, planted in 2012.
How can I best support my family as we explore church planting?
At Bloom, we believe that God calls the family into church planting, not just the pastor. As women, we have tremendous influence in setting the tone for our entire family. Start by fervently praying during this time. Also, stay informed on where you are in the Church Planter Discovery Process and educate yourself about church planting.
How will church planting affect my children?
One of the core values of Stadia is Children. Church planting can be one of the most impactful experiences your children will ever have. Listen to what one of them has to say about it …