The Rev. Greg Nettle - CompressedThe Rev. Greg Nettle and the Rev. Dr. Wess Stafford have been serving congregations worldwide by planting churches and helping children at physical and spiritual risk.

Their combined experiences will bring a unique perspective to the message this week.

The Rev. Nettle currently serves as President of Stadia, a global church planting organization specifically designed to reach out to children at physical and spiritual risk.

For 25 years, the Rev. Nettle served as visionary leader of the River-Tree Movement in Ohio, during which the church grew from 100 to more than 3,000 members, from one to four churches and helped plan 15 churches throughout Ohio and 13 in Latin America.

Wess Exec Photo newThe Rev. Nettle is the co-author of two books, One of and Disciples Who Make Disciples.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati Christian University and a master’s degree in leadership from Malone College in Canton, Ohio.

Dr. Stafford serves as the former President of Compassion International in Colorado Springs, Colo.

It is one of the world’s largest Christian child sponsorship organizations that partners with more than 60 denominations and 6,200 local churches to serve 1.5 million children in 26 countries.

He joined the staff in 1977 and served for 20 years as President and CEO.

Dr. Stafford is the author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute.

He earned a bachelor’s de­gree from Moody Bible Insti­tute and Biola University. He holds a master’s degree from Wheaton College and a PhD from Michigan State University.

The Rev. Nettle will lead the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Com­munity Worship Service on Sunday, July 26 in Hoover Auditorium. His sermon is based on Matthew 18:1-6.

As Christ instructs, peo­ple’s greatest resource is to be like a child who loves, is curious, creative and cares for others.

Without these Christ-like characteristics, people can­not inherit or bring forth the God’s reign here and now.

Those who wish to attend Sunday worship may obtain a complimentary Church Pass 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; val­id until 3 p.m. The pass in­cludes admittance for guests and auto.

Dr. Stafford and the Rev. Nettle will provide the mes­sage for Faith for Living Hour at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Thurs­day in Orchestra Hall.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dr. Stafford will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

The pass includes admit­tance to Lakeside for guests and auto.