Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Church Planting

Bob McKeever Portrait SmallDr. Robert McKeever was a native New Englander, born and reared in Bangor, Maine. At the age of seven, he was led to the Lord by a missionary church planter Bill White, who founded the Bible Baptist Church in Bangor.

While attending Bible College, Dr. McKeever planted his first church in Scottsboro, Alabama. During the next thirty years God used Dr. McKeever to start several churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.At the height of his ministry in 2004, Dr. McKeever was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was serving at that time as director of New England School of the Bible, a ministry of Central Baptist Church in Southington, Connecticut; New England director for Baptist International Missions, coordinator for the Church Planting Schools conducted all over North America; and preaching at several mission conferences each year.

On October 31, 2005, after a long painful struggle with cancer, Dr. McKeever went home to be with the Lord. His life and testimony were a powerful influence on young people, preachers, and all Christians who were privileged to know him.

To honor the life-long ministry of Dr. Robert McKeever, this site is dedicated to the advancement of two ministries that were closest to his heart: church planting and revival.

Recent Articles

The Art of Deputation


In most cases a new church planter must raise monthly support to help finance the starting of a new church. The importance of proper funding cannot be overstated. The old days of, “I’ll just go and get a job and start meeting in a store front” are all but over. Recognizing the importance of raising support behooves every new church planter to learn how to undertake this important task. Deputation is a learned process in which some men know how to do it and others do not. You, the church planter, must learn the process of obtaining the confidence of churches so that they will provide you with support. Failure to do so will dramatically reduce your prospects for success. 

Training Your Leaders


The responsibility of starting a church falls squarely on the shoulders of one man and that one man is you. The success or failure of the church will be determined by your efforts. Others may help with the starting of the church however you are still ultimately responsible. It is crucial to go soul-winning and make visits every day for several hours. As a result of the many hours you are able to visit, many souls will be saved and prospects will be found. But as the church grows and matures more responsibilities will consume your time and you will become more limited in your visitation. Your ministry of pastoring or shepherding the flock will keep you very busy. Because your visitation time will become more limited it will become necessary to train others to do some of your work. One man alone is limited in what he can do and the church cannot continue to grow without training leaders and delegating responsibilities. 

Critiquing Criticism


Every leader must recognize that they are vulnerable to criticism and acknowledge it is part of being a leader. Many times criticism is unfair or unjustified and it can have a negative impact upon a young preacher who is not prepared for it. The ministry is difficult enough without critics but every preacher must learn how to deal with this problem.