Multisite Misconceptions: The Campus Pastor isn’t that big of a deal.
We’re looking at three common misconceptions that I’ve seen as churches consider launching into the multiplying their influence through this becoming a multisite church. I’ve seen these misconceptions in the churches I’ve worked directly for . . . and in the churches I’ve served in an advisory role.
“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John Maxwell
“Speed of the leader, speed of the team.” – Lee Iacocca
The role of a Campus Pastor is a tough one . . . at any given moment most multisite churches are asking these individuals to be . . .
- the local primary vision castor but not be in the primary “vision defining” seat.
- a team rallying machine while working within a matrix where they are placing people onto other people’s teams.
- a communicator to large groups of people, however not the person responsible for the main message on Sundays.
- a shepherd to people at various stages of their spiritual journey while also rallying a team to support the broader community.
- Do they have a bias for action? Do they wake up in the morning and say “what can we push forward today?” We need unsettled leaders in these roles who want to take new hills.
- Is this person a “people magnet”? Do they have the ability to draw people to them wherever they go? (Harder question: Would you be on this person’s team if you weren’t serving in your role?)
- Have they actually lead something growing? Past performance is the best indicator of future reality. Does this person have experience leading something growing and thriving?
- Do the “bleed the mission”? These individuals are going to be making weekly (if not daily) calls and decisions about making your church work in some new location. Do they get it?
Later this week we’re going to look at a critical area in the pre-launch phase of multisite churches. Plus I think I’ll end up using the word “piss”. Stay tuned for that! 😉