Churches with multiple campus locations have to make important decisions about which systems and processes are centralized versus locally empowered. If a “10” represents complete centralization (all locations are identical, like a Starbuck’s franchise) and “1” represents complete decentralization (all locations are independent, like a local coffee shop), our goal is to be “5.1” (slightly across the center balance).
The 5.1 Papers help us to maintain a unique balance of efficiency while protecting the culture throughout our multiple campuses. It allows us to have some centralization, while still leaving room for as much local leadership discretion as possible.
The main area of focus for these streamlining processes are in children’s, student’s, college, spiritual formations, creative arts and missions. Each ministry department is organized using the following headers:
Decisions – Matters which have been decided upon and have documented expectations
Discussions – Matters which are currently open to discussion
Diversities – Matters where each campus has been given specific freedom to implement locally
You are free to download, customize and use these practices at your own church.
Section 1 - Business
Section 2 - Creative Arts
Section 3 - Spiritual Formation Team - Connections
Section 4 - Spiritual Formation Team - Group Life
Section 5 - Spiritual Formation Team - Guest Services
Section 6 - Children's Ministry
Section 7 - Student Ministry
Section 8 - Leadership Expansion
Section 9 - Outreach Ministry
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