Launching a Satellite Campus

Just after Labor Day of 2014, our church will be going multi-site.  My wife and I will be heading up this work with a volunteer staff team, which has led me down a path of discovery.  A path I never saw myself traveling before.

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The more I dig, the more I learn.  Here’s what I’m talking about.

1.  There’s not just one model that works for everyone.  Every multi-site church I talk to does it differently.  Some differences are subtle, and others are quite noticeable.

2.  There’s no such thing as doing enough research.  I learn something new the more I look.  I’m discovering aspects of doing  satellite church that I love….and some that absolutely will not work for our community and church culture.  This is so valuable.

3.  A gradual transition from staff pastor to campus pastor is easier said than done.  There are days when I find myself multitasking between my current responsibilities and the essential planning components of launching a satellite campus.  It’s in these moments that I am so thankful for the staff and leadership I work with.  I am not doing this alone and others are coming around me to help.

4.  Other campus pastors are very passionate about what they do and are very open to sharing what they know.  As soon as our Lead Pastor asked us to give leadership to this new campus, I was all over Twitter.  I created a list of Campus Pastors to follow.  That list consists of about 47 currently, and I’ve connected with a significant number of them already.  The encouragement I’ve gained from some of these guys has been priceless.

5.  An implementation plan is a must-have.  We are leaning heavily on the expertise of those who have done this…and done it well.  Seacoast has some great resources, as well as books on multi-site by Geoff Surratt.

I’m quite confident that after we officially launch in September this list will continue to expand.  I am so very excited and honored to be a part of growing the kingdom work through Christ Community Church.

If you’re a Campus Pastor, what would you add to this list?

Join the conversation, leave a comment below.


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