As many of you know, my family up and moved from North Carolina 3 months ago to be a part of launching a satellite campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. You can read about the adventure and decision of going here. Well, we launched this past weekend, and it was a learning experience. This was the first time that Trinity had done this, that I or the campus pastor had been a part of this. So, it was new. Needless to say, we have learned….A LOT! I want to share with you a few essentials to having a successful campus launch. By the way, there are tons more so I recognize there are a lot more, but here are 5 to get you started. These are not in order of importance, but each of them are important.
- A Committed Launch Team – Our team has to be the best in the business (I am biased, I know), but seriously, they are! This made our launch successful. Our team is split into different categories. We have the nursery/Preschool, kids department, hospitality, the band, tech team, and parking crew. Each person has responsibilities and duties each week. It is hard work, but at the end of the day, they have the same mission. Teach and train your launch team to get the job done, but at the end of the day, it is all about the people who walk through the doors! Getting your team on mission is so important to being successful.
- A Campus Pastor who understands the DNA of the Church – At first, Trinity had looked into hiring someone outside of their current ministry to lead the campus launch. Then, it hit them that they needed someone who understood and knew the DNA of the Church. As I have been the family pastor, I could not imagine being over the launch, because I needed time to learn what made Trinity tick. It is best to find someone on your staff currently to start another campus.
- Equipped Ministry Directors – These are volunteers, but we added a Nursery/Preschool director, hospitality director, Elementary Director, Band Director, Parking Director, and Tech Director. Each of these are volunteers, and over their specific areas as well as the volunteers in each specific area. It is essential to be successful that they are equipped, well-trained, and prepared to do a good job.
- A Supportive Sending Campus – This meant the most to me! I did not know what to expect, but to have a main campus supporting what we are doing means the world! The texts for our services from the staff at the main campus is encouraging. The conversations and interest of the main campus staff is exciting! Our pastor is pumped and behind what we are doing. The main campus scheduled a send service and had our entire launch team come forward to pray over them. This is what it is all about. It is discipling a team of people to go out into a different area of the city and duplicate what they have learned!
- A Supportive Location – Many second campus’ begin in portable environments. Ours is currently meeting in a school. It is so calming to know that the school is behind what we are doing. The school supports us and is working with us. This is important for those meeting in portable environments. It makes life a lot less easier for the entire team.
I am loving being a part of Trinity Oakleaf. I am learning a long the way, and plan on sharing many new exciting finds along the way.