Episode 345: Planting an Internal Multisite

In Episode 345 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss how to plant another church within an already existing church. Here is today’s question: 

“What advice would you have for pastoring a group as an internal multisite with two very different styles of services? We are still in same building and working with the same team. How do you maintain unity in both congregations when you are meeting separately, but in the same building.  How do you avoid decisiveness and competition? 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Points to consider when building an internal multisite
  • Traditional services versus contemporary services and how these two types can work hand in hand 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Don’t use the word split; use the word multiply.” – @edstetzer
  • “A contemporary service added to a traditional church  can actually be a thing that keeps a church together.” – @edstetzer
  • “Use the language, “One church, two congregations.” Swap the teams between the two congregations, so that people can get to know both pastoring teams.” – @edstetzer
  • “The style of worship music that we love is usually tied to our conversion moment.” – @danielsangi
  • “Build a “teamship” within the two congregations, like one small group structure and one elders team.” – @edstetzer
  • “You don’t want your budget to be too staff heavy.” – @danielsangi
  • “How many of your paid staff are equippers? And how many of your paid staff are doers?”  – @danielsangi
  • “Make sure to always communicate the “why” to avoid a church consumeristic focus.” – @danielsangi

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Published December 20, 2018

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