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

Getting Your Family Settled


Starting a church is a long term endeavor, but in the beginning it can be difficult to visualize beyond the first few weeks. Everyone is anxious to get started, but there are no shortcuts to doing it right. Consideration of the pastor's family must be a top priority. Finding a place to live and getting settled in a new home requires time and it is important to take the necessary time to do so. The pastor's wife needs the help of her husband to move into the new residence because it is important for her to make it seem like home.

A Tentmaker


The Apostle Paul and his co-laborers, Priscilla and Aquila, made tents while pursuing their primary goal of preaching the Gospel. "And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers." - Acts 18:3 The New Testament leads us to believe that Paul worked a secular job in Galatia, Corinth, Thessalonica, and Ephesus (1 Th. 2:9; 2 Th. 3:7-8; Acts 20:31-35; 1 Cor. 4:12; 9:6). He used his skill of making tents to carry him into some very difficult mission fields and into areas, such as Corinth, dominated by commerce. Paul did not want his new converts to think he was laboring just for financial support. As a result he often received no monetary compensation for his spiritual labor (2 Corinthians 11:9). However, he did eventually teach his new believers their responsibility to support those that ministered to them the Word of God (1 Corinthians 9:6-11).

Too Much Month Not Enough Money


Financial management is a very important element of planting a church. Perhaps the leading cause of failure in new church plants is linked directly to a lack of finances or the mismanagement of them. Obtaining the necessary funds and managing them is crucial to a successful church plant. In the past there were many churches established without the aid of financial support or without the aid of the church planter working a job. Getting a job, whether part time or full time, may become a necessity. Although many churches have been started while the pastor worked a full time job, garnering monthly support from sister churches can be a big blessing. It can be difficult spending a year or two getting support, but in the end most men with full support soon experience more growth in the church than those working a job.