For those looking into starting multiple campuses or wanting to entertain the idea, this book is a good starting point. The authors wrote this after conversations and trips to several churches in the world who are pioneering the campus model.
A Multi-site Road Trip
by Geoff Stuart, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird
Relationships are what hold churches together. (13)
Initial – non-negotionable standards
Priority – standards to be implemented within the first year
Optional – ideas that might work across campusses but are not necessary
Discouraged – not allowed. (30-31)
Community Bible Church
Key Factors when Choosing a Location
1. Positive community image.
2. Location accessibility
3. Facility accessibility
4. Room for growth
5. Noise tolerance
6. Decent rent or purchase price
7. Room for storage.
What makes a great campus pastor:
1. Catalytic Leader: high energy, self starter, able to male new things happen
3. People Magnet
4. Team Player/Builder
6. DNA Carrier
Traits not conducive for a campus pastor:
1. Person who feels compelled to preach
2. Independent-spirited entrepenuer
3. Someone with an agenda other than reaching people
Risk involves Release (179)
The personnel and managerial challenge involves both paid staff and volunteers. If the church’s staff has a strong-performance track record and embraces a churchwode value of training others for ministry, it is usually able to handle the demands of rapid deployment of many volunteers. But if training leaders is not a core value of the church, be prepared! (183)
How can we identify, equip, and deploy leaders as rapidly as necessary to meet the demands associated with the huge opportunities that God is placing in our path? (190)
Always look for leaders. (190) Ephesians 4:12
Discover > Connect > Train > Resource > Coach/Mentor > Celebrate
How to get Grandchildren (3rd generation churches)
1. Loosen your grip.
2. Build into your DNA.
3. Find a way to fund it.
4. Affirm what happens
What can kill a multi-site:
1. Poor choice of campus pastor
2. Not the senior Pastor’s vision
3. Not the board’s vision
4. Not enough preparation time
5. Worship that doesn’t matchthe target population
6. Bad attitudes within the congregation
7. Inadequate resources
8. Poor choice of location (231-232)