Multisite Essentials: Part 2/3


In part 1/2, we looked at the idea behind multisite – that expansion is the new increase. Now, we’re going to look more closely at multisite itself.

Multisite is two key things:
  1. God’s divine pipeline for leadership…in your church
  2. And God’s divine lifeline to the community…from your church

Let’s look at that first one in more detail.

God’s divine pipeline for leadership…in your church


What helps our church become an effective producer of leaders for multisite?

The moment you seriously embark on building a healthy multisite church, you are also embarking on a commitment to create an effective and healthy leadership pipeline.

There is no way you can become an effective multisite church without having a healthy leadership pipeline…or some form of pathway that identifies, grows and empowers leaders in your church.

But once you do have this functioning pipeline and begin to implement it in a multisite context, the benefits are many.  Here are just a few positive outcomes of a healthy multisite church functioning with a leadership pipeline:

  • More people tend to be engaged in serving
  • Increase in engagement of disengaged members
  • Greater number of leaders are produced because of increased opportunity
  • Younger leaders are developed faster because of a focused discipleship environment
  • Leadership is not limited to those who are gifted preachers
  • There is access to, and engagement of a wider skill set

By the way, there are far more benefits than those listed here!  But in order to create this type of environment where new locations can be started and more leaders and teams can be grown, we need to understand first the basic principles of creating a healthy leadership growing environment.


Here are three key principles to embrace in order for your church to be able to grow and empower leaders in a multisite context:


1. Multisite mentality

The first and perhaps most central principle is to make a shift from thinking like mono-site or individual church to true multisite thinking.  And trust me, it is very different indeed!  Here are a few basic headline thoughts to consider when making this shift:

Dismantling mono-site thinking

The embracing of multisite thinking is as much about dismantling previous thinking as it is about embracing new thinking.

Shifting from an ‘us’ to ‘we’ thinking

One of the biggest challenges in this shift is not seeing the other campuses as an appendage or treating them like they are separate to or not part of the ‘one’ thing.

Fight for unity through language

Perhaps of the key aspects of culture that reflects a multisite mentality is the language we use in our team and church.  Creating and reinforcing a language that works for your church and reflects a ‘one church in multiple locations’ approach is essential.


2. Matrix leadership

One of the more complex and difficult aspects of multisite churches to implement is this concept of ‘matrix’ leadership.  There is much that needs to be said and explained in this subject, which we won’t be covering here.

My encouragement to you, if you’re a leader who is entering this space of multisite, is to read and absorb all that you can about matrix leadership structures.


3. Multiplication Culture

The third aspect of a church pipeline that ensures a healthy multisite church is the development of a multiplication culture.

  • Are your leaders reproducing leaders?
  • Are your departments building ‘multiple’ teams?
  • Are your small groups reproducing other small groups?
  • Is your church able to multiply new services and locations?


In the next part of this 3-part series, we’re going to look at God’s divine lifeline to the community…from your church. See you there!

Mark Kelsey
November 4, 2021

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