This past week has been a great chance to really think and plan what it is we are going to be doing in Neepawa with this multisite thing.
However, as we talked, discussed, questioned, thought and were led through the process, it became clear: we are doing something really different.
Based on the Leadership Network’s recent survey of multisite churches, our plan and circumstances are in the 2% of multisite churches: we are further than the ideal 25-30 minutes, we are in a completely different community, we are on the very smallest end of the scale of when churches go multisite, we’re doing it in a very rural context and we don’t have any congregants already living in the new community.
These things jumped out of paper and into reality during our coaching time in Denver. While other churches wrestled with their own unique contexts (one church is a church plant that is only 18 months old and is running multiple services and growing rapidly - another has a multi-million dollar debt from a land/building purchase, another has grown from 300 to 1200 people in 3-years), we are addressing our own unique challenges such as:
It became pretty clear that we’re not doing a “standard” multisite launch… it is looking more like a church plant with the benefits of multisite.
I need to come up with a trendy title for this… Multiplant? Plantisite? Siteplant?
Regardless what we call it, we’re going ahead with the outlined multisite strategy to align ourselves as one church in multiple locations and see exactly what it is that comes of it.
Because of the flight schedule, our time in Denver also included some much needed downtime my wife, Joanne. We managed to take in a Canucks vs Avalanche game on the Thursday night and got all touristy by going to the awesome Denver Aquarium on Friday before heading to the airport. This time together really allowed us to think and more importantly, talk about what the implications are of doing this Multiplant thing.
We’re realizing that the demands on us as a couple will be much more along the lines of the people who have planted churches than those of a campus pastor doing a more traditional multisite launch; we’re in this together and it totally affects our family and marriage in the ways that a ‘new job’ wouldn’t.
What exactly are we doing? We’re not sure, yet… but we’ll be documenting our journey for you!
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