Multi site models
In the reading I’ve been doing, I see three major trends as it applies to the originating campus with multi site models:
The church was established as a multi site church and there is not one main campus (multiple pastors, rotation / live preaching at each site). There is still central support for some functions, but it doesn’t have to exist at one campus.
The church was established as a single location, and grew into multi site. The church uses the main site model and language. Their central support and main influence comes from the founding site. The campus pastors usually report to the senior pastor or a local pastor is established for a geographic location.
The church was established as a single location, and grew into multi site. The church uses “central support” language. It seems clear that there is a founding site which is usually larger (and from cases I know still carries influence just because of longevity), but it is not considered the “main site”. There is centralized authority and responsibility, but this comes from “central support”, not the “main campus”. Campus pastors report to a separate division (like “North Point Ministries” or the Central Operations Leader at LifeChurch)
All seem to be successful models of churches doing it well:
Check out these three short videos (Life Church, Christ Church, Calvary Chapel): core multi site on leadership network
I found a nice matrix that identifies this similar trend: Multi Site Staff Structure Matrix