We’ve been neck deep in this now for over 3 years, and let me be the first to tell you; it’s hard…but worth it. We’re still working through many things, working out the kinks here and there, but believe we are on the right track to understanding our DNA as a Multi-Site Church. With that being said, rather than telling you all the things you should do if you are in the Multi-Site Church (or seeking to go there,) I’m going to share with you some of the mistakes I’ve made in leading a Multi-Site Student Ministry over the next several blog posts. Buckle up, the journey is long because I’ve made a lot of them!
Mistake #1: There is a Standard Formula for Structuring Multi-Site Student Ministry
You know what I’m talking about right? You find one church that’s doing something really well and you think “THIS IS IT!!!” Been there. Done that. Let me be the first to tell you; it’s the furthest thing from the truth. There are so many models of Multi-Site Student Ministry that God is using to reach and equip hundreds of thousands of students. So which one is right? In my opinion, it’s the one that God is leading your church to implement that is grounded in a biblical understanding of what the church is to be, specifically in your community.
I have so many friends in ministry that are currently doing Multi-Site Student Ministry, and many of us are structuring it differently. Some have Student Ministry at every campus, others don’t. Some have Student Pastors who teach at every campus, others pipe in their sermon via video. Here are a few for you to check out for yourself:
- Brad Cooper, Student Pastor at Newspring Church (Anderson, SC)
- Brian Mills, Student Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church (Hendersonville, TN)
- Shaun Blakeney, Director of Student Ministries at Christ Fellowship (West Palm Beach, FL)
- Jeff Borton, Student Pastor at Christ Fellowship (Miami, FL)