Starting A Multisite Campus
February 24, 2011
Day one at the Radicalis Conference Geoff Surratt shared, in a church-planting break out, about multi-sitting. Geoff shared his wisdom about when and how to start a multisite campus. Here is a brief outline of lessons he learned.
1. The Sr. or lead pastor must own and have a compelling vision.
Why not to start multisite campus:
Kick starting growth. If you are not growing now, starting a campus is not a solution.
When to start a campus:
§ After you have utilized multiple services and are out of room.
§ Can’t reach any more people fro Christ due to room issues.
§ You find an area where there is no life-giving churches reaching lost.
2. Chose the right leader
- Five Characteristics of a good campus pastor
§ Enthusiastic, visionary leadership from the 2nd chair.
§ Team Builder
§ Self-starter with a managerial work ethic
§ Good communicator
§ Genuine care for people
- Five characteristics that will sink a campus
§ Unavailable or unapproachable
§ Responder rather than initiator
§ Lacks Passion
3. Choose the right location
§ Right distance from the original campus – The better the main campus, the farther away the campus will need to be.
§ Right size – seats 300 to 500
§ Right address
§ Right Price – price it according to how many you envision starting
4. Offer the same experience – You need to reproduce yourself or they won’t come.
§ Good worship experience
§ Good teaching
§ Good children’s ministry
§ Good technology
5. Embrace a one-church philosophy.