Big Challenges, Big Questions in Multisite Central Support | LN Blog
I just posted a new article on the Leadership Network blog regarding the launch of our first Multisite Central Support InnovationLab. We’ve brought together a great group of churches that are passionate about reaching their communities through multisite. Below is an except from the article. Be sure and read all of Big Challenges, Big Questions in Multisite Ministry, as well as the follow up posts that will come next week.
Last week we gathered our first group of six churches for the Multisite Central Support InnovationLab here in Dallas. These 6 churches came from 2 countries, 4 states (and 1 province), and represent 18 total sites with almost 20,000 in weekend worship attendance. Together they brought a combined vision of over 20 additional sites and thousands more reached for the Gospel over the next few years. What can we learn from their experience?
We spent two days getting to know each team, understanding their current realities, exploring new ideas and best practices, and launching these teams forward with strategic action steps. A big thank you goes out to Jim Tomberlin of MultiSite Solutions, Kevin Penry of LifeChurch.tv, and Geoff Surratt of Exponential for bringing wisdom, insight, and fresh ideas into the room.
Big Challenges for Our Multisite Teams
Each of the teams participating in the Lab came from a context with its own unique circumstances and challenges. Here are some of these challenges in their own words:
“Originally when [we] first went multisite, some of the staff in key roles were highly entrepreneurial, but not detailed. This led to a high degree of autonomy for our sites. Effective change management is now key as some of the primary functions of our campus pastors are being centralized.”
“We are not informed as to how central support costs are calculated and shared amongst campuses…We also do not know how to categorize certain costs, whether they should be absorbed by the main campus or covered by the sites. This can lead to frustration on the part of the site staff…”
“The biggest challenge we see currently is architecture of the teams…As we grow, we need to synthesize…into a cohesive team that is easy for the campus pastors and their teams to navigate.”
“[Our] greatest challenges are consistency in handling financial practices and communication.”
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