Church Plant Community Engagement: How to build bridges between your church and community before you launch

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Featuring Sean Cronin, Patrick Bradley, and Stanley & Melissa Patton

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Episode 5 — Church Plant Community Engagement: How to build bridges between your church and community before you launch

What is your church known for in the community? If you haven’t planted yet, what do you want it to be known for? Having that vision is great, but how do you establish that positive reputation in the community? How do you keep from being your neighborhood’s best kept secret? In this episode Stanley and Dr. Melissa Patton, from Victory Church in Melbourne, FL, shares how they leveraged their limited resources to build bridges between the church and the community.

Featured Guests

Dr. Stanley Patton

Lead Pastor of Victory Church and the CEO of The Victory Corporation

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guests

Dr. Stanley Patton

Dr. Stanley Patton, Jr., is the Lead Pastor of Victory Church and the CEO of The Victory Corporation. He is a man that is unashamedly and passionately in love with God! He is a visionary and an out of the box thinker that serves the body of Christ through a variety of platforms. It is his purpose and passion to minister to people who need to know Christ intimately.

Stanley has dedicated his life to being a tactical change agent in the world for Jesus Christ through message, ministry, mission, and media. Gifted with the ability to communicate cross culturally, Stanley is a sought after preacher, speaker, worship leader, consultant and conference workshop trainer. He has served in both large and small congregations, conducted domestic and international mission trips. He has earned a BA in Urban Ministry from The Moody Bible Institute and an MA in Religion from Liberty University. Stanley completed his Doctorate of Ministry with a specialization in Organizational Systems at Bethel Seminary. He is married to the love of his life, Dr. Melissa Patton and together they have two young sons, Micah and Mason Patton.

Dr. Melissa Patton

Dr. Melissa Patton serves as the Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation. She is an impassioned educator as well as an innovative and thriving entrepreneur. Melissa has devoted a lifetime to assisting people to better understand their purpose and potential through the vehicles of education, business development, and strategic planning. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Drake University, a master’s degree in community counseling from Concordia University, and a doctor of education degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University. She's married to Pastor Stanley and they have two sons Micah and Mason Patton.

Co-Hosts

Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin works on staff with Passion for Planting — training, supporting, and equipping church planters. He also serves in various roles at New Life Christian Church located in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. He's a graduate of Ozark Christian College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he studied church planting and leadership. He then put his education to work by helping start churches in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. And yes, still roots for the Bills.

Patrick Bradley

An experienced practitioner in the practical nuts & bolts of planting churches, Patrick has directly supported scores of church planters since 2007. As a project manager for Passion for Planting, he walks alongside church planters during their 7- to 10-month prelaunch phase, helping them with everything from filing formation paperwork to plotting strategies and creating healthy systems for the new church. He helps planters put wheels on their vision so that it becomes reality.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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