We want to plant a gospel-driven church in every neighborhood in metro Los Angeles.
More people live in metro Los Angeles than in the combined population of 43 states in America. There are more than 220 languages spoken here. And, most people in Los Angeles identify where they live by naming one of the 119 neighborhoods in and around metro LA. Each of these areas averages 50,000 people.
Imagine what would happen in LA–and around the world–if we planted a gospel-driven church in every one of these neighborhoods! Imagine what would happen if we planted a contextualized, missional, neighborhood church that brought people together, served the neighborhood, and became a demonstration of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ! That’s what this Movement (LACPM) is about.
LACPM Core Values
- Relationship: Relationships initiate, sustain, and multiply the movement.
- Gospel-Driven: We plant churches that declare and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Neighborhood: We seek to plant a geographically based and contextualized neighborhood church in every neighborhood in metro Los Angeles.
- Global: For each church we plant in Los Angeles, we seek to plant a church globally.
- Movement: We continually seek to bring churches, individuals and foundations together to plant churches together.
Executive Pastor of First Christian Church of Huntington Beach
Mike is working on his D.Min from George Fox University, has an M.A. in Ministry from Hope International University and a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Huntington Beach, CA.
Kevin went from being a young urban single out of Cornell Law School to getting married (Grace), having three kids (Kaetlyn, and twins Eliana and Bennett), making partner at a prestigious law firm, giving up law to pursue a Master in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, becoming a pastor and a church planter, and a catalyst for a church planting movement in Los Angeles.
Kevin is the planter and the lead pastor of New City Church of LA, an inclusive, gospel-centered community in downtown LA that not only shares the good news of Jesus but also becomes good news by serving the neighborhood. Reflecting the diversity of Downtown, New City has roughly the same number of people in each major ethnic group: Black, Latino, White, and Asian. About a third of its attenders come from the Skid Row recovery community, a third come from downtown lofts, and about a third come from outside of downtown.
Kevin’s vision is to spur a church planting movement in Los Angeles, and plant a gospel-proclaiming church in every neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Nathan “Chivo” Hawkins, Stadia West Regional Executive and LA CPM Co-Catalyst
As West Regional Executive, 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 Compassion International’s Church Relations Director. He also has first hand U.S. church planting experience, having led 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 and work in sports broadcasting and 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.
Michael Lee, LA CPM Co-Catalyst
Michael Lee has served as senior pastor of Young Nak Celebration Church in Los Angeles. He is a former church planter and Bible College professor, and has served in the pastorate for 26 years. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is married to his best friend, Mink, and together they have three children: Karis, Kayla, and Nathan. His family goal is to be the same person at home as he is in public.
Albert Tate is the founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Monrovia. From Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness USA in Pearl, Mississippi to Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, Albert Tate has been preaching the Gospel to people of all ages and races. Hearing the call from God, Albert and his wife LaRosa planted Fellowship Monrovia a Gospel-Centered, Multi-Ethnic and Intergenerational church in January 2012.
Albert is a gifted and dynamic communicator who is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the local and global church. Albert presents the Gospel to people across the country in academic, retreat and conference settings combining humor and storytelling of God’s amazing grace and love. His unique and passionate style from the pulpit combines inspiration and challenge, laughter and tears as people are engaged at their core. His hope for Fellowship Monrovia is to cultivate a community of disciples that is unleashed to live out the Gospel by Growing in a life of worship, Gathering in community and Giving their lives away on mission.
Albert is married to the love of his life LaRosa Tate who he calls God’s gift of amazing grace in his life – together they have three beautiful children Zoe, Bethany and Isaac.
Albert serves on the Board of Trustees at Azusa Pacific University & Fuller Youth Institute. He was recently published in Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The LA CPM follows Stadia’s proven approach to church planting. It’s a network model of planting neighborhood churches.Over the last 5 years, Stadia church plants’ success rate is 90%
We create a network of churches, foundations and individuals who are willing to partner to plant neighborhood churches. They come together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that indicates their financial commitment for a particular church plant. They may commit to multiple MOUs or a single MOU. Our goal is to raise $240,000-275,000 (including Stadia’s investment of $60,000) for each church plant.
Network Managing Partner:
Stadia serves as the managing partner of the LA CPM. Stadia typically provides the following:
- $60,000 (in best practice services) toward each LA CPM church plant.
- Assistance with recruiting planters for LA CPM church plants.
- Assessment (an extensive process to determine the qualification and readiness of the planter).
- Training, including an extensive boot camp on how to plant.
- Coaching (professional coaching for about 2 years).
- Project management (expert church planting administrative support)
- Bookkeeping services
- Teaching on best practices
- Maximizing the role of women in church planting through Bloom: Church Planting Women ministry
When an MOU is signed for a plant, a Management Team (a subset of people in the network) for that plant is created to oversee the hiring of the planter and provide some accountability for the planter.
Ongoing Church Planting Investment
Every church planted becomes a part of the local church planting network. They tithe 10% of their offerings for future church planting (5% to Stadia and 5% to be used in their local network).
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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