CBF is a supportive home for those discerning and living out a call to church starting. Within CBF Church Starts, one finds a creative space for visioning, contextualization, coaching and training. CBF covenants with new churches to provide three years of professional coaching, site visits for leadership development, spiritual renewal retreats, financial grants and the development of partnerships. Church starts bless the Fellowship by modeling innovative practices for ministry.
This year’s commissioned church starters bring several “firsts.” Virginia, Kentucky and CBF West will commission their first church starters, and the Fellowship will partner with its first church created out of the need for community among immigrants and refugees resettling in the United States.
In the coming days, we will be introducing our six new CBF church starters and the five churches they lead.
Todd Toole | MercyChurch
Todd Toole serves as lead pastor of MercyChurch in Hebron, Ky. Partnering with CBF, Mercy’s core group began meeting in the summer of 2015, and officially launched in October of that year. MercyChurch began meeting in the Cincinnati Airport Marriott conference room, moving to a leased facility in January of 2016. The church has grown substantially as a result of the excitement and dedication of the congregation.
MercyChurch’s vision is first to impact Boone County, Ky. (the fastest growing county in the state) and to be missional in their attempts to reach the world. MercyChurch has already participated in three mission trips and is active in monthly community service projects. The church’s mission is to offer impactful worship experiences, effective discipleship opportunities centered around small groups and to constantly be focused outwardly by serving others.