Vernon developed the concept of pre-recorded broadcasting for the services he is unable to attend due to time and distance constraints—a ground-breaking move among African-American churches. Vernon presents The Shepherds Connection, a networking and partnership alliance for male and female senior pastors and was designed to meet the spiritual needs of senior pastors and their spouses and to help them achieve their maximum potential for the kingdom of God.He also adopted the practice of planting campus pastors to lead the satellite locations so that the members at these locations still receive a personal touch even when he is not physically present. Vernon is committed to continual improvement and creating opportunities for others to improve as well. Vernon has an ambitious appetite for both educating and learning and has a diploma of theology with a concentration in black church studies, a master of arts in practical theology, and a doctorate of ministry with a concentration in church growth, all from Ashland Theological Seminary. This organization is for pastors who are serious about the call of leading God’s people into their destiny, which requires a lifestyle of integrity, humility, honesty, and excellence.

He is the author of three books, The Blessing Behind Closed Doors, Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, and Dr.

I did not want to read this book, because I felt like I have read enough dating/relationship, help-the-single-people books. Your relationship and marriage will be better by reading this. Some of us need that and he put his own words in a book. If you're anything like me, he's gonna step on your toes and make you say ouch and you'll have to take a break, but you'll pick it back up.

After hearing Pastor Vernon speak at a service, I felt compelled to buy the book. I recommend this as a must read I did not want to read this book, because I felt like I have read enough dating/relationship, help-the-single-people books. Your relationship and marriage will be better by reading this. I really enjoyed your boldness to speak on the topics of sexuality, attraction, self disclosure (eye opener), finances (eye opener), soul ties (thank you for clarity) and many other topics not discussed in church.

A believer in the power of cash over credit and the importance of stewardship, Dr.

Vernon opened The Word Church Downtown in the fall of 2014, completely debt free.

Known for his uncompromising integrity, he is a trailblazer and trendsetter who focuses on relevance and innovation.Because of the number of weekly worship services at The Word, Dr. Vernon has enjoyed a prolific, storied career in pastoring, but consciously chooses to never stop growing, personally or vocationally. With over twenty-five years in ministry and nearly two decades in the pastorate, Dr. Vernon is the founder and senior pastor of The Word Church, the largest and fastest growing church in the history of Cleveland, Ohio and one of the fastest growing churches in America.Having started with only one service in a high school in 2000, The Word Church is now a multisite ministry with fourteen services and four campuses across Northeastern Ohio including Warrensville Heights (Main), Downtown, East Cleveland, and Akron, which is currently under renovation, opening in the spring of 2015.