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This usually happens somewhere around the third location of a multisite church: they get stuck.
But, it’s not necessarily shown from an attendance perspective. They are growing churches that are reaching new people for Christ, that usually have a thriving kid’s ministry, and have people taking next steps in their faith. They are stuck in a different way. It often sounds like this:
Way - Staffing
1. “We’re spending way too much on staffing.”
And they are. Typically, these churches are overstaffed and are underutilizing their body – the volunteers – to do the work of the church.
2. “We don’t know who is responsible for what anymore.”
And they don’t. What used to be so clear is now fuzzy and undefined. Does the Campus Pastor get to make that call? Does the Kids Pastor get to decide on that? What is each person ultimately responsible for?
3. “It’s the tyranny of the urgent.”
And it is. Many of these staff teams feel overworked and can’t get beyond the whirlwind of week-to-week ministry.
Leaders - Decisions - Ministry - Discussions
4. “The leaders are making decisions that affect my ministry, and they’re not even including me in the discussions.”
Just as the decision-making process gets fuzzy, so do the communication channels within these churches. People who used to be “in the know” now feel surprised by decisions and left out of key conversations. They feel like they no longer have a voice at the table.
Issues - Structure - Change
Do any of these issues sound familiar? If so, your staffing structure may be ready for some change.
As we work with multisite churches across the country, there are 3 key shifts that are helping churches get unstuck in multisite staffing:
Structure - Senior - Leadership - Team - SLT
In a multisite structure, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) will typically include the Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Family Ministry Pastor, Connections Pastor, and a Worship & Creative Arts Pastor (weekend leadership). A Campus Pastor, or...
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