No one could ever accuse me of not doing due diligence when it comes to venturing into multisite. I've read, been coached, talked with, interviewed and listened to almost every resource on multisite churches that I can get my hands on. I've heard enough experts and talked with enough people who know a lot more than me on this matter that I am starting to hear a LOT of the same information being repeated.
This gives me optimism because it means that we are starting to get at the core of what it means and looks like for a church to go multisite and the essential principles associated with it.
This is both a really good thing for me and also a frightening realization! It's good because I feel that I have really done a great job and accumulating and sorting through the information regarding multisite and I feel confident with our current plans and research. It is frightening because now it means that it is go time!
I know that my tendency is to listen, ask, research, network, connect and meet with people and that I always need to make sure that all of that is balanced with, if not over-powered, by actual movement and implementation!
Some people, with hindsight, will look back on projects and goals and think, "I really should have spent more time planning that out," while I sometimes get stuck in the over-planning and R&D stage - fine tuning plans, systems and scaling things far beyond the scope that I need to work with right now. We're at that point now with our multisite journey - time to get this thing moving!
I've reached the saturation point when it comes to information, and now it is time to start putting it into action. For our church, this will mean forming a "Launch Team" for our multisite. Details on what that will look like will follow and I hope that it is something that inspires your church to take the first step in moving from 'information stage' into action!
What areas are you spending too much time researching and not enough time executing? Comment below!
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.