Somehow, we’re already coming to the end of 2018! Like many others this time of year, we’re reminiscing on our blessings, and Stadia has a lot to be thankful for this year! 107 churches, 787 baptisms, over 9,000 children sponsored – and the year’s not even done! Wow!
While these numbers are giving us a lot to be thankful for, it’s the people behind the numbers who matter most. So, here are five people we are thankful for this (and every!) year!
- Mike Wiggin (City Life Church – Indianapolis, Indiana)
Mike is the lead pastor of City Life Church outside of Indianapolis. Mike has been working with our team to launch a “Church Planting School” which begins in January 2019! The church planting school is based off of Stadia’s ‘10 Success Factors,’ a list of traits that church planters should have in order to successfully plant a church. ‘School’ will focus on the top three of the class –Personal Spiritual Vitality, Relational Capacity, and Disciple Making. The class will consist of monthly in person meetings, video calls, and phone calls. We are thankful for Mike’s passion and mission to plant more churches in the Indianapolis area, and beyond!
- Donnie Williams (Lifepointe Church – Raleigh, North Carolina)
Lifepointe Church will be 15 years old in February 2019! We are thankful for not only their support but their partnership in reaching the world through the local church, so that every child has a church. Donnie has co-lead multi-site intensives across the country with Justin Moxley in order to give the local church the resources and knowledge needed to expand the Kingdom through multi-site churches. These intensives include on-site training, as well as monthly coaching calls afterward. We are thankful for his dedication to spreading the Gospel through the local church!
- Bart Stone (Momentum Church – Atlanta, Georgia)
Momentum Church was planted almost 12 years ago by Bart and his wife, Jodi. We’re thankful for the amazing kingdom work that is being done in Atlanta because of Momentum. Bart values the urgency of church planting just as we do. Momentum is launching another campus, as well as mobilizing church planters Josh and Loren Abernathy to plant a new church in Georgia. We are thankful for his value of multiplication that is expanding the kingdom in the Atlanta area!
- Ali and Yasmin Roohi (CenterSet Church – San Jose, California)
Ali and Yasmin planted CenterSet Church in late 2017. Ali shared, “We have seen a community of people labeled as “uninterested” in God hungry for God! We are averaging 120 people each week and have seen 60 people say “YES” to Jesus for the first time in one year of ministry. God is on the move in Silicon Valley!” We are thankful for their passion for reaching their community through the local church in the name of Jesus. Not to mention, they have another child on the way! Ali and Yasmin, thank you for leading a church that is passionate about your community.
And last but not least –you! Stadia’s vision is to plant churches so that one day every child will have a church. We’re running full speed ahead into the end of 2018, and then on into 2019, all to get closer to making this vision a reality. And we wouldn’t be able to do it without your prayerful and financial support. Thank you for being the support that allows for all these amazing stories to be celebrated. We’ve accomplished a lot this year, and we’re so thankful.
This year has given us a lot to be thankful for – and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have so many planters and partners that we are thankful for as we commit to planting churches until we’ve reached our vision. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings – because we won’t stop until every child has a church!
Because we won’t stop until every child has a church, we hope you’ll support us by giving a financial gift this #GivingTuesday, November 27. Thanks to a matching gift, every #GivingTuesday gift (up to $75,000) will be doubled! Click the button below to give now!
Molly graduated from UNC Wilmington in December 2017 with a degree in English Literary Studies with Honors. The daughter of church planters Donnie & Cinda Williams, she grew up in a Stadia church plant and has been heavily involved in campus ministry at UNC Wilmington. She serves as a high school youth volunteer at her home church.Molly Williams