New Church Leader Onboarding



Mission, Vision, & ValuesPoints of Contact

Our vision is a world where every child has a church.

Our mission is to plant churches that intentionally care for children.

Our Values


All great partnerships are built on the foundation of meaningful relationships. Just as Jesus stepped near to build relationship with us, we must step near others to build trust and foster generous collaboration that can change the world. We believe that together, we are better!


There are more than seven billion people on this planet – seven billion people who God desperately and deeply loves and who need the hope of Jesus. We must pursue God’s people while we are able so that as many as possible may accept and understand the love of Jesus.


Stadia partners with high impact leaders to plant high impact churches. We discover and prepare planters as well as seek out strategic partnerships that ensure our new churches will change their communities and the world with the hope of Jesus Christ.


Children are close to the heart of God, so they are close to the heart of Stadia. Since the majority of those who make a decision to follow Jesus do so before the age of 18, it is vital that our churches reach the hearts of our children.


When there is a party in Heaven, there should be a party here on earth! Life is a gift and Jesus is a gift, so new life in Jesus is the greatest gift of all! Let’s celebrate it every chance we get!

Points of Contact

U.S. Church Planting
“There are four phases of church planting: calling, preparation, launch, and growth. If you skip any phase, you’ll get into trouble. Many guys foolishly jump in without strategy, coaching, and training. Stadia helps at each phase.” (Ali Roohi, CenterSet Church)
Click on each box below to learn more about each step of your church planting journey!
Stadia's Discovery Center

Heidy Tandy, Director of Discovery & Bloom Catalyst

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Stadia’s Discovery Center is three-step process designed to help new church leaders explore, discern, and discover their calling, readiness, and competency to start a new church.


Alyssa Candelaria, Director of Bookkeeping
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The bookkeeper will oversee all of the following services; accounting, fundraising & donor management, payroll management, monthly reconciliation of all accounts, cash flow monitoring, year-end services, financial support through regular communication, as well as detailed monthly reporting. The planter will be responsible for payroll service fees and financial resource fees (QuickBooks, user fee, etc.)

New Church Growth and Multiplication

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Tim Celek, Director of New Church Growth and Multiplication
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New Church Leader Cohort

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Tim Celek, Director of New Church Growth and Multiplication
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Julie Botset, Planter Development Team Executive Assistant

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In cohort training planters meet online weekly with a group of other planters and a cohort leader for learning, encouragement and accountability. These sessions will include live webinars providing practical insights and helpful tools from both experienced church planters and leading voices in the church planting world.

Because the development of one new church will never be able to reach the millions of people who are far from God, Stadia partners with new churches to give them tools to develop church planting residencies in their church from day one. This includes training for residents on MyStadia, a residency-planning template for implementing best practices and standards, and access to Stadia’s discovery process and Church Planting Assessment Center for potential residency candidates.

Bloom: Church Planting Women

Heidy Tandy, Director of Discovery & Bloom Catalyst
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Bloom is a ministry of Stadia that empowers women to maximize their role in starting a church. Through connection and leadership development women are inspired to discover and develop all that God created them to be. Bloom consist of an active social media community, resources, training, encouragement and prayer support. Bloom is offered to all women who are in church planting.

Project Management

Doug Foltz, Senior Director of Project Development
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Stadia’s Project Manager initially meets on site with a planter and then regularly with the church planter in a virtual environment until three months after launch. The Project Manager assists with tasks such as vision clarification, goal setting, budgeting, vendor connections, managing timelines and hundreds of administrative details.  Having served over 150 church planters, Stadia’s project management team has a depth of experience that accelerates the church planter’s plans, frees up their time for people and helps take the new church from an idea to a reality.