Speaker: Dale Hudson
Title: Multi-Site Children’s Ministry
History of multi-site:
- 1990- 10 multi-site churches
- 1998- about 100
- Late 2005- more than 1,500
- Mid 2008- estimated 2,000
- Currently over 5,000
- Multi-site churches have over a 90% success rate.
- 40% of campuses are 15 mins. or less away.
1. Three Models of Multi-Site.
- The Disney World Model- a different style at each campus (ex: Different parks at Disney)
- Freedom for creative people to use gifts
- Can customize to fit culture
- Reproducing work
- Can lead to misalignment
- Can lead to unhealthy competition
- The Licensee Model- alignment with contextual freedom (ex: McDonald’s menu items in different countries)
- Alignment with some freedom to customize
- Creative people can use their gifts
- Can lead to misalignment
- Must be intentional about controlling quality and content
- The Franchise Model- radical alignment (ex: Subway restaurants are all alike)
- Same experience at each campus
- Can align conent of lessons
- Collaboration and team work
- Must find people who can align
- Must have buy-in from campuses
- Campuses not feeling like they have say or input
Work with your church leadership to decide which model will work best for your church.
- What is the overall church vision for this campus?
- How can the children’s ministry help fulfill this vision?
- What do you want the focus of the children’s ministry to be at this campus?
- What would be some wins for the children’s ministry at this campus?
- Where would you like to see the children’s ministry be a year after the launch?
2. Budget Models
- Big Bucket (one budget for all)
- Little Buckets (each campus has own budget)
- Big and Little Bucket (budget for items that will be used for all campuses and each campus has own budget)
- 1 Full-time staff for every 100-125 kids
- Hiring order
- Preschool/Elementary person, depending on need
- Consider hiring from within because they already have the DNA of your church
- Look for people who live in that area to begin to train to volunteer at the new campus
- Ask for a year commitment at the new campus
5. Keys to Thriving in Multi-Site Children’s Ministry
- 2 teams: Core and Campus
- Core Team Tasks
- Not at a specific campus
- Policy development
- Staff development
- Curriculum development
- Events development
- Future campus development
- Campus Team Tasks
- At a sepcific campus
- Policy execution
- Volunteer support, encouragement, resource, and serve campus teams
- Curriculum execution
- Events execution
- Future campus execution
- “The smartest person in the room is the room.”
- You don’t have to do everything at the new campus that the main campus does.
- Do a few things well
- Have a clear process in place for distributing materials
- One live training annually
- Video training throughout the year
6. What to Expect
- Stress- multi-site campuses will stress your church at its seams.
- Shift in thinking- must begin thinking big picture.
- Change- things will never be the same.
- Campus hoppers- people will visit different campuses.
- Reaching more people.