Launching a new campus is a great opportunity to enter new territory and see people come to find Jesus. While it’s a big responsibility, it is also an incredibly exciting endeavor.
Here are five key questions to address before launching a new campus:
Why do you need to launch a new campus? What’s the reason and motive behind it?
It’s easy to play the comparison game, but don’t just launch a new location because everyone else is doing it, or just because it’s the cool thing to do. It’s important to have the right motive before starting a new campus. Ultimately, there should be a need for a new location, you should feel the call to meet that need, and you should have the ability and the strength to meet that need.
When are you going to launch the campus?
Although realistically you’re never truly ‘ready’ to launch a new campus, you need to be wise in your timing. As a leader, it’s necessary to take risks, but never take risks too fast. Once you launch a new campus, you’ve got to commit to it, so make sure the timing of it is right.
Where is the new campus going to be?
Be mindful that there will often already be existing churches in the area. Understand that you’re not the perfect church – you’re just one of the churches in the region. Connect with the local churches and their pastors. It’s important to respect and honor what God has already done in history and in other churches.
What venue are you going to have the church in? How are people going to get there?
If most of the people in the city drive cars – does the venue have a car park? Or is there a train station nearby? Are you leasing the venue? Do you have the financial capabilities to do so? What about set up – are you going to have to set up and back down the stage, chairs, etc. every week? Do you have a team for that? These are the things you need to be able to answer.
Who are you launching the campus with?
When starting any new initiative, it’s important to do so from a place of strength. Always have a strong and experienced team with you – don’t just do things independently; talk things through and have consensus.
Build the foundation before officially ‘launching’. Get people on board with the vision and the heartbeat of the church. Who are your culture carriers? Meet regularly with these people to help you launch from a place of strength. In the early stages, you as the leader may be the only one that has the blueprint in mind, and that’s why consistently communicating with your team is crucial.
Get people involved that believe in what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to delegate – you’ll never recognise people’s capacities until you actually give them something to carry that has consequences.
Pastor Brian always says that when it comes to starting something new, especially a new church, it is all about having the right people, at the right place, at the right time. Consider these components and pursue what God has put in your heart with wisdom, excellence and strength.
This thought was originally shared in a hangout on Launching New Campuses by Thomas Hansen, Pastor of Hillsong Copenhagen, and our Hillsong team during ‘Online Open Week’ in February 2016. Online Open Week is your opportunity to receive impartation and training direct from the Hillsong team through live webinars.
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