The Los Angeles Church Planting Movement has been pioneering in many ways. In addition to the ten and counting churches the Movement has helped to launch, the story of innovative leaders including Kevin Haah, Albert Tate, and Tom Hughes partnering together across denominations and tribes is both inspiring and instructive. You can read the backstory here, in a e-book published by Exponential.
The LACPM regularly hosts gatherings in LA, in early 2017, Stadia stakeholder partner Gene Appel shared and inspired Todd Smith of Crossroads to get involved with the Movement. Since then, Crossroads has partnered with Stadia to develop a church planting residency, an incubator and accelerator to launch 10 new churches! Crossroad’s vision for TEN, Touch Eternity Now, which includes these 10 new church plants will result in thousands more lives transformed by the Gospel.
When leaders come together and check their logos and egos at the door, it’s amazing what God can do. The LACPM continues to invite churches and leaders to come together for the sake of the Kingdom in Los Angeles; today their influence can be seen in movements in San Diego, the Inland Empire, the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle and across the US. Earlier this year catalytic leaders from all over the country came together to learn from and share best practices for multiplication movements. Together these churches and leaders have demonstrated that Kingdom collaboration is powerful, enabling us to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”
Contact Stadia to join or start a Church Multiplication Movement in your area!
Nathan “Chivo” Hawkins
West Regional Director (Stadia)
As West Regional Director, Nathan implements Stadia’s overall strategy in the western U.S., focusing on partner development, U.S. church planting, global church planting and Stadia advancement. Before coming to Stadia, Nathan played a key role in our Global Church Planting strategy as a Compassion International Church Relations Director. He also has first-hand U.S. church planting experience, having led in a church plant re-launch in New Orleans post-Katrina. As an adoptee and adoptive father, Nathan is passionate about children who come from difficult backgrounds. Originally from inner-city Minneapolis, Nathan grew up in a Christian home in a culturally diverse environment. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Minnesota, working in sports broadcasting and spending all his free time rock climbing, he hungered for greater purpose. He served a church in Juarez, Mexico for a year and a half, which led him to seminary, where he caught the church planting bug. Nathan and his wife Joy have three young children: Benicio, Taegen and Grace. The Hawkins are a family that welcomes foster children and love connecting with the local church.