Multi-Site Church: Intrapreneurship or Campus Pastors

We’re starting a new series at Conversatio Morum on Multi-Site Church. I find this to be an intriguing model of church. Especially when looking at factors for church planting such as scalability, urbanization, entrepreneurship, etc

Most of you have heard of entrepreneurs. I consider myself an intrapreneur. If you’ve never heard the term, you should read about it at workawesome. My role in the organizations I’ve been a part of is to start new things and projects to help the organization succeed. I’ve been thinking through this in terms of church planting and the only business role I can equate this to is that of a campus pastor in a multi-site church. If you haven’t thought about multi-site church much, there are advantages and disadvantages.

I can see many advantages here in terms of an economy of scale and a faster reproduction of churches since you need a great leader and gatherer, not necessarily a great communicator. I can also see the disadvantages in terms of our obsession with platform ministry. Regarding the campus pastor, this is someone who ventures to start something new, but not in order to be the one in charge. They do it in order to further a movement. It’s not about their name, but about a greater cause.

What do you think? Do you see multi-site as a solution or problem? How does it help? How does it hurt? How can the church scale faster to have a greater impact on the culture