I’ve been involved in church leadership for over 15 years. Early on I had the privilege of leading in one of the very first multisite churches in North America. I led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 4,500 people in 6 locations. (Today they are 17 locations with somewhere over 6,000 people attending.) In addition, I served on the leadership team of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner.
I currently serve as a part of a four member Lead Team at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing communities of New Jersey. We currently have 4 campuses but are working on launching two more … about 3,500 people attend every Sunday. (That’s actual numbers not “Pastor Inflated Numbers!”) Drop by this link if you want to see a sample of me teaching at Liquid.
At Liquid I oversee communications, weekend service programming, campus expansion and special projects. Over the years I’ve also given point leadership to our international clean water efforts, family ministry and various other departments. I love the challenge of serving in a community where many people are far from God … what an honor to try to reach them!
I have a dual vocational background that uniquely positions me for serving churches to multiply impact. While in the marketplace, I founded a dot-com with two partners in the late 90’s that worked to increase value for media firms and internet service providers.
I speak at conferences like Orange, WFX and various regional multisite church events. I’m a featured writer on Auxano’s Vision Room, ChurchLeaders.com and MinistryBriefing.
I’m married to Christine and we live in Scotch Plains, NJ with our two kids and one dog.
So this is a place to collect some thoughts about local church and doin’ stuff right in local church. I really am not a “know it all” or “expert” but really just somebody who has made a lot of mistakes in leadership and is attempting to pass along some learning so you don’t have to pay the “stooopid tax”.
“. . . helped us get the big picture and then got dirty in the details of making it happen.” – Bruxy Cavey, Teaching Pastor, The Meeting House
“ . . . ‘get-it’ factor on the kind of church we’re trying to become . . . has customized his approach to be tailor made to our setting. We’re so grateful for his investment in helping us expand our Kingdom-building capacity.” – Jeff Lockyer, Lead Pastor, Southridge Community Church
“ . . . I LOVE Rich’s experience-driven insight and people-focused approach . . . couldn’t be a better fit for us as we seek advice and feedback in accomplishing what we feel God is putting before us.” – Mike Leahy, Executive Director, Liquid Church
“… you have helped me bridge the gap between careful, strategic, logistical leadership and passionate love for Jesus and the people His forming.” -Greg Hill, Executive Pastor, Living Faith Church