Sacred Spaces: How to find the best meeting space for your church plant

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Featuring Dylan Dodson, Sean Cronin & Patrick Bradley

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Episode 8 — Sacred Spaces: How to find the best meeting space for your church plant

Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, and then our buildings shape us.” How do you find a meeting space that will accommodate your vision and fit in your budget? That’s what we’ll be discussing on this week’s webinar.

Featured Guest

Dylan Dodson

Lead pastor of New City Church

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

Dylan Dodson

Dylan Dodson is the lead pastor of New City Church. He’s married to his wife Christina and dad to their two kids, Finley and Roman.

Dylan is a big Duke basketball fan, likes cats, and hates speed bumps. He obtained a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University. His favorite place to eat is Jersey Mikes (#6 is his order) in case anyone was wondering…

Dylan also helps and equips pastors and church planters through Practical Church Planting and writes at

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.


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.

Elijah Shamenda

Elijah Shamenda is the Lead pastor of Resurgence City in Buffalo NY. He is passionate about discipleship, revival, and multi-ethnic ministry. His heart for seeing communities push past the barriers that at times hold people back from experiencing the fullness of what Christ has for them is what makes his heart beat, and why he felt led to plant in the city of Buffalo. He is married to Jaynee Shamenda she is a Buffalo public school teacher and is the children's director at Resurgence City. They are the proud parents of Justus Shamenda their son. His other passions are food, sports, the creative arts, and movies his favorite being Mary Poppins (ask him about it sometime).

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.

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“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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