Is a neighborhood church plant more effective than a house church plant?

House churches work well in many countries and in many contexts. However, in Los Angeles, we believe a neighborhood church model would best bring the gospel to the city. We believe it’s most effective when the church is big enough to become a presence in the neighborhood.

Aren’t neighborhood church plants too expensive?

Stadia’s experience has shown that when the right planter has the training and the resources to plant a neighborhood size church from the beginning, the probability of success is exponentially higher.

Over the last 5 years, Stadia church plants’ success rate is 90%. The usual sink or swim method of planting has traditionally yielded a success rate of less than 15%.

The bottom line regarding cost is this: it is cheaper to do it right from the beginning and yield 90% success rate than to use the sink or swim approach and have less than 15% success rate while expending untold costs in human capital and unfulfilled expectations.

How is the network model of church planting different than other models?

Our network model brings churches, foundations, and individuals from different denominations together to plant a non-denominational church in partnership with Stadia. The network brings in resources and overall management and Stadia brings in the expertise and best practices to make the plant a success.

Our network model can be distinguished from single church planting model where one church plants a daughter church. That is a great way to plant but only churches that have enough resources can engage in this that of planting.

Our network model can also be distinguished from sink or swim method of church planting where the planter is provided with no or minimal resources to plant. This was the model used for decades but the survival rate of such plants is less than 15%.

Our network model can also be distinguished from denominational/ church planting organization model of church planting where a denomination or a church planting organization raises resources and plants churches directly. This model detaches church planting from the local churches because they are asked to provide funds for church planting but not be actively involved. As such, this model often has difficulty creating a momentum for an exponential movement of church planting.

Who selects the planter?

After reviewing the assessment report from Stadia, the Management Team selects the planter. The churches that sign the MOU for the plant select the Management Team.

What kind of churches will be planted?

We seek to plant gospel-driven neighborhood churches.  The churches are non-denominational; but we are open to partnering with denominations to church plant as well.

What are the theological convictions of Stadia?

Stadia is a non-denominational church planting organization. They are evangelical churches that believe in the movement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each network clarifies the statement of faith with the church planter in a Church Planter Expectation document.

What kinds of churches are partnering churches in the LA CPM?

We have all kinds of churches involved in the CPM, including non-denominational, Foursquare, Presbyterian (USA), PCA, Congregational, etc. We are interdenominational in our network.

How can I get more information on Stadia?

In addition to you perusing this web site, we can arrange for you to meet with Stadia leaders.

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