Without clear strategies for expansion and execution, multisite can easily get churches multistuck. But with a healthy foundation, proven strategy, and the right team structure, you can effectively reach your community through multisite expansion.
We recently had the opportunity to serve Victory Church in Pennsylvania, a multisite church with 5 physical locations and an online campus. Here’s what Lead Pastor Curt Seaburg had to say about their experience with the Multisite Unstuck Process:
How would you describe the condition of your church campuses before beginning the Multisite Unstuck Process?
Before the process, we were moving fast, but I felt like we were loose: loose in structure, loose in processes. Our growth and vision had overtaken our current structure. We felt like we were changing the tires on the car while speeding down the highway. When Covid hit, it gave us an opportunity to stop and recalibrate.
What made you and your team decide to take the step of hiring The Unstuck Group?
We knew we needed to make some changes. We needed an outsider’s perspective that we could trust—not just someone to come in and tell us how to do it, but someone who would listen, ask great questions of where we wanted to go, and then help us get there. We knew that we needed to make some shifts and movements of the roles and staff in our organization, but we weren’t sure how to do that.
What was the biggest challenge in the process for your team? How did God show up throughout the process?
We loved our team, but we were pretty sure they were not all in the right seats. We needed to clarify the gifts of those on our team (30+ people) so we could get them into the right seats. Our biggest challenge was to convince them that some of the seats they were in—some for many years—were no longer the right seats, and that they were not going to be able to take that area to the next level.
Did God show up? You better believe it! Everybody made the shifts and moved into their gifted area—and this is the best we have ever been!
Are there any tangible “wins” you’ve experienced coming out of the process that you’d like to share? How would you describe the health/condition of your church now?
Our people are now working harder, but are more satisfied. Our campuses are more dialed in. Our processes are clearer. Our reporting and accountability systems are tremendously stronger. We have a better plan for our direction moving forward. I can’t help but think this came at the PERFECT TIME for us.
When asked to share a piece of advice for other multisite church leaders, Pastor Curt said this:
“There has never been a better time to open more locations—but what got you where you are is not going to keep you where you are, or much less, get you to where you need to go.
So ask for help. Bring in outside, trusted voices to help you clarify your vision, mission, values, and processes.”
To Multisite or Un-Multisite: Clarify a Path Forward
There are some predictable outcomes of every multisite strategy. Does your current strategy produce the results you hoped it would?
Access the video replay from our March 31 "To Multisite or Un-Multisite?" webinar event and leave with the tools you need to evaluate and fix your multisite strategy.