John Wasem

John E. Wasem has been actively immersed in church planting leadership since 1983. John possesses a love for the Church, confidence in its ongoing impact, and passion for developing her emerging leaders. He was baptized, married, and ordained in the Marlboro Christian Church of Alliance, Ohio. He served the East 91st Street Christian Church of Indianapolis as the primary developer of their noted church planting ministry in the 1980’s. In 1994, John planted the 8th daughter church for East 91st in St. John, Indiana. Suncrest Christian Church has grown from 42 people to over 1,500 with three satellite campuses and multiple new church partnerships nationwide.

John currently serves as the US Mobilization Director for Stadia: New Church Strategies. He pioneered the management team concept for new churches with Stadia and has served as a supervisor for more than 40 new church coaches from 2005 to the present. He has coached over 80 church planters in 22 states since the mid-1990’s. In addition, he has taught church planting and related courses annually since 1987 at Cincinnati Christian University, Lincoln Christian University, Dallas Christian College, and Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

John is married to Leslie – an inventor, entrepreneur, and artist – and has three married children and two granddaughters. John enjoys writing, family travel, golf, and historical reading. He resides in Gray, TN and attends the Boones Creek Christian Church.


At Stadia, we know that the most effective way to reach more people with the Good News of Jesus is by starting new churches. And since 85% of people who decide to follow Jesus do so between the ages of 4 and 14, we have an even more compelling reason to start new churches that meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of children. These glaring needs compel Stadia to do what we do: Stadia brings people and churches Together to transform lives and communities through church planting.

John Wasem Posts
  • The 5% Rule

    Dr. George Calver was the first appointed doctor for the United States Congress. He was hired in... Read more

  • Doing Something New

    I was interviewed a few years ago, by the Suncrest Church that I planted in 1994 in southeast... Read more

  • Facilities – Meeting Places & New Churches

    Through the years of church planting involvement as a strategist, coach, and planter, it is amazing... Read more

  • Your Leadership Best Practices

    Jen Taylor, a marvelous Christian writer, and thought catalyst blogged after seeing the acclaimed... Read more

  • How To Have Real, Lasting Impact As A Church Planter

    I bought my first car in the summer of 1971. I purchased it from a little old lady who lived on... Read more

  • Why The Right Measurements Can Bring Richness in Church Planting Assessments

    Every church planter is acquainted with the measurements required in reports by the project... Read more

  • My Mentor

    I left Washington DC this morning after a marvelous week of church planting work and incredible... Read more

  • Leadership Networking – A 4 Step Guide To Effectiveness

    With the exploding predominance of social networking (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), you have... Read more

  • Little Did He Know…

    Will Farrell plays a routine-driven, habit-following, linear-thinking IRS agent by the name of... Read more

  • Personality and Church Planters

    Ever since Carl Jung popularized the descriptors of extrovert and introvert in his 1921 classic –... Read more

  • Pushing Back to Move Ahead

    Did you happen to see the video by Jefferson Behke entitled “Why I Hate Religion, but Love... Read more

  • The Indispensable Art of Preparation

    Preparation. We know that we must, but we wish that it weren’t always so! Am I right, church... Read more

  • Evaluating Innovative Challenges

    Church planters generally have a “boat load” of creative and innovative challenges ebbing and... Read more

  • Eight Keys To New Church Leadership Greatness

    Eight keys that will help you lead your church plant... Read more

  • Learning from the Business Gurus

    Like most of you, I’m sure; I read a fair amount of the classic as well as “new arrival”... Read more

  • Brainstorming as a Leadership Lever

    Brainstorming is a semi-structured, creative, team activity that is a powerful leadership lever... Read more

  • Creating & Re-creating Your Ministry Strategy

    When it comes to creating an implementation strategy for your new church, it is rarely wise to move... Read more

  • Communication: Indispensable for Effective Leadership

    The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately is one of the most essential components of... Read more

  • Leading with Kindness

    Super Bowl coach and respected Christian witness Tony Dungy has left a mark on America in terms of... Read more

  • Aristotle’s Advice to Church Planters

    Aristotle and church planting may never have been mentioned in the same sentence … the same book... Read more

  • Servant Leaders as Church Planters

    What kind of leader is most needed to guide the new church? Since his passing, the larger than life... Read more

  • Connectional Leadership Model

    The instrumental leadership style describes the person who views self, colleagues, followers,... Read more

  • Leadership Styles and New Church Effectiveness

    Planning, planting and sustaining a new church require an assortment and blending of skills and... Read more

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