CGM Lifts Great Commission and Great Commandments with Recent Hires

 In All Church of God, Church of God Ministries

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Church of God Ministries (CGM), today, announced two new additions to the executive staff at its offices in Anderson, Indiana. Rev. Randy Montgomery and Rev. Mark Richardson will serve as codirectors of Leadership Development and Church Multiplication for the Church of God. With this innovative leadership plan, CGM is implementing an organization-wide strategy to strengthen both the internal and external emphasis on both the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.

On the heels of the Strategic Planning Conference in September 2011, CGM began seeking innovative ways for the Church of God movement to fulfill the biblical mandate of Matthew 28:18–20 and Matthew 22:37–39. “We wanted the very fabric of the church, at every level, to reflect what is most compelling to us—the Great Commission and the Great Commandments,” said Dr. Ronald Duncan, general director of CGM. “Leadership development and church multiplication represent two crucial pieces of the vision: equipping individuals for ministry and expanding the kingdom through the planting of healthy, vibrant churches.”

Duncan is confident that in Rev. Randy Montgomery and Rev. Mark Richardson CGM has identified the right individuals to take on this opportunity, drawing on their individual strengths and experience as pastors, administrators, and catalysts in the area of leadership development. As with any innovation, this arrangement and assignment will be reviewed periodically for effectiveness and long-term benefit to the Church of God reformation movement.

Montgomery and Richardson are charged with expanding CGM’s opportunities to support and develop leaders who are positioned to finish well in life, partnering with local congregations who have capacity to foster a church plant, and providing a long-term strategy for assessing and meeting the needs of those engaged in ministry. Their team includes Youth and Family Ministries, SHAPE, and Credentials Services.

Rev. Montgomery, an Ohio native, is third-generation Church of God. This foundation fostered a heart for the movement and for ministry. He brings his education and professional background to the team, including twenty-eight years in ministry, which allows him to understand the specific training and development needs of those in ministry. He has been an associate pastor at churches in Oklahoma, Ohio, and Kentucky; has held pastorates in Oklahoma and Florida; and has served as state pastor for Kentucky. He holds an undergraduate degree in Bible and theology and pastoral ministries and a master’s degree in counseling. In addition to his studies toward a doctorate of ministry in denominational transformation, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Mid-America Christian University, SHAPE coach and trainer, Transformation Team member, and church growth consultant. Montgomery has been married to his wife Shannon for twenty-five years; they have four children.

Rev. Richardson, who hails from Akron, Ohio, offers strength in leadership from twenty-eight years in pastoral and lay ministry, as well as a background in business administration. His wealth of experience includes sixteen years in Church of God pastorates, including his current role with New Life Church of God in Pittsburgh, and more than twenty years of business experience. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and communications. In addition to postgraduate theological study, he has mentored and coached ministers on their journey to ordination; served Western Pennsylvania Ministries in credentialing, in vision implementation, and as a member of the Ministries Council; provided leadership to the Credentialing Services and Church Health teams; and is the founding and current pastor of a successful church plant in Pittsburgh. Mark has been married to Sharon for nearly twenty-eight years; they have two children and one grandchild.

“There is a lot to be excited about with this partnership,” says Duncan. “Randy and Mark have all the resources and experience that will make them a great team. They are anxious to serve and ready to go where God is leading.”

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