Multi-site church is awesome and many churches have gone multi site. Multi-site is the method used by most of the largest churches in the US. You replicate who you already are somewhere else. What a great idea, right?
Yes, it is a brilliant idea, but multi-site can be messy and there can be tension around multiple campuses. That is why you have to behave the right way to eliminate some of the messiness of multi-site.
Let me say up front that we are learning these principles in our church. We aren’t perfect, but we are getting better at the following behaviors.
Here are a few behaviors to provide campus alignment in your multi-site church:
1. Say The Last 10% In Meetings
Have you ever left a meeting wishing you had of said what you were really thinking? We all have had that feeling. Now, if the thoughts are rude, personal, and judgmental- Don’t say it 🙂 But many times, we leave meetings and what wasn’t said could have made the difference.
In the multi-site strategy, you have to be intentional about saying that last 10% (what is not being said).
Sometimes it provides tension and some confrontation, but most of the time your best decisions and your best teams are on the other side of those conversations.
2. Have The Right People In The Room
There is nothing more frustrating that having a meeting with the wrong people in the room. Seriously. I hate attending meetings where decisions are made, and we cannot finalize the meeting because the person making the decision wasn’t in the room. So, we have to schedule another meeting in order to make the decision.
Have the right people in the room.
Also, if it is a creative meeting, non creatives probably should not attend.
It just makes sense.
Have the right people in the room to get the ball as far down the field as possible.
3. Be Unified When Making Decisions
When the campus leaders leave a meeting, decisions need to be “our decisions,” not “their decisions.”
Campus leaders cannot lead well if every decision is not equally their decision.
You need to push for unity in your multi-site church.
Don’t finalize decisions until the team agrees to own the decision.
4. Use Common Language
In a multi-site church, common language is a huge part in its success or failure.
Figure out what the right language is for vision, strategy, and values. This needs to be the same at every campus considering you are replicating who you already are.
This aligns the staff toward a common goal, purpose, and pathway to get there.
If everyone is heading in a different direction and taking different paths to get there, it will not end in alignment, it will end in confusion and frustration.
5. Org Chart clarity
When working in a multi-site church, who you answer to matters. A lot. It matters in every organization, but in this case, you have so many hands in the mix. Questions such as:
Who makes the final decision?
Who are you to tell me what to do in my department?
Am I being told to do this or are you suggesting I do this?
These questions are so important and if you do not have answers to the org chart, dominant personalities will constantly reign and rule.
This behavior just gives your team the ability to say “no” to certain things if they need to.
These are just a few behaviors that I have noticed in our multi-site church. How about you? What are some behaviors you would add to the list?