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
“Rich Birch has added so much value through his messages to and interactions with our students. His practical insights are super helpful for church leaders of any level!” – Andy Dykhouse, Nebraska Christian College
“We love Rich Birch! Rich recently spent a weekend with our team at Grace Central Coach where he provided invaluable coaching for our outreach strategy through the use of intentional outreach “Big Days.” He not only brought compelling research, but fantastic ideas that fit in our unique ministry context. Our team was challenged and we are taking practical next steps in our vision to share the Gospel with the Central Coast of California and the next generation, thanks to Rich. We can’t wait to have him out to Grace Central Coast again.” – Tim Theule, Senior Pastor, Grace Central Coast
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“We are constantly searching for great examples of real-world-in-the-trenches-practitioners from church-world to put in front of our students, as well as pastors in our region. Rich never disappoints. His heart for the Church, and his heart to raise the next generation of those who are going to serve her is contagious. ” – Dave Miller, Nebraska Christian College
“It was wonderful to have Rich speak at EvFree Fullerton. One 78 year old man was deeply touched by how Rich laid out the life stages that a church can go through. That man wants to keep our church fresh and alive for years to come.” – David Fletcher, Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton
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