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Joseph Velarde is the Lead Planter and Pastor of Riverbend Community Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Riverbend is a Multiplying Church Center who has the desire to see God start a movement of church planting in the Lehigh Valley and around the world. Joseph has been blessed to have Amy as his wife for 10 years.
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January 31, 2018 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
One of the key ingredients of effectiveness is the ability to communicate clearly. Jesus was the best at this. When you watch Him through the Gospels, he talks with such clarity. Even when everyone didn’t get it, He knew exactly what He was doing. What is the Jesus way of communicating clearly?...
January 25, 2018 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
In January, I celebrated 14 years of marriage. I am truly amazed that God gave me the gift of my wife when I was so young. I always say I married up! The longer I’ve been married, and served as a pastor, I’ve seen how easy it is to stop leading out of our singleness or marriage. We forget that...
August 15, 2017 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
I was recently in a conversation with a friend that was all too familiar. It had to do with fundraising. As we began to talk more, I could see the anxiety rising, and he looked completely overwhelmed. He told me that he would rather be doing the ministry stuff and not have to do the fundraising...
May 3, 2017 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
I am a huge Atlanta sports fan, as I was born and raised in Smyrna, Georgia. My brothers and I who all live in the Allentown, Pennsylvania area now would get together to watch the Falcon’s march through the playoffs. We would say, “ Wow, this Falcon’s team looks legit! I think they can go all...
February 21, 2017 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
I want to introduce you to a church planter that is known for planting 20 churches. These churches had children that had children. This made him a great-grandfather in church planting terms. I think we can say this was one successful church planter who knew the power of multiplication. How did...
August 15, 2016 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
Joseph Velarde, pastor of Riverbend Community Church, explains why we should repent from building our own kingdom according to our design and as our identity.
May 11, 2015 by Joseph Velarde | Evangelism | Send Network
Since Riverbend started in 2009, I have heard many who support a missional over attractional philosophy of ministry as well as vice-versa. As a planter, leader, and follower of Jesus, it has left me wondering: “Is this issue so black and white?”...
October 14, 2014 by Joseph Velarde | Send Network
Joseph Velarde, lead planter and pastor of Riverbend Community Church in Allentown, explains what you need to have in place before launching a church plant.