At Grace Church we are committed to plant 100 new churches or campuses by 2036. We are excited for this new journey we are on and we invite you to take part in it. We have recently started a church planting network, a church planting residency and we will be launching “Send Step”, a church planting school designed to train and equip those with a heart for this vision. In the meantime, if you have any questions about church planting, our network, or our residency, please reach out – we would love to chat with you!
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WHY CHURCH PLANTING?
FAQ: MULTI-SITE CHURCH
What is a multi-site church?
A multi-site church is one church in multiple locations. It enables us to plant the church in new areas with the support, resourcing, and infrastructure of an established church.
How is a multi-site campus different than an independent church plant?
An independent church plant is a group of people who leave a church to go plant a brand new church. Independent church plants have their own pastor, their own board, their own branding, and their own budget (with some financial help from the “sending” church). They are a new entity.
A multi-site campus is more like a branch of Grace Church with the same name, same logo, same senior pastor, same board, same ministry style, and same vision for the future.
Our vision has always been about disciple-making. Grace models itself after the outward-focused church in Antioch (Acts 11, Acts 13). For the next season of making disciples, our strategy will be church planting. By planting churches, we can make more disciples (Matthew 28). Church plants are typically 6-8 times more evangelistically effective than existing churches.
God is prompting Grace to move forward with both independent church plants and multi-site campuses. We have been praying together as a team (Acts 13:1-4) and are sensing that this is what God wants us to do (Proverbs 24:6).
How do we determine where to launch the new campuses?
Multi-site studies have shown that the most successful multi-site launches begin where the second and third largest population of attendees live.
What is the role of a Campus Pastor?
The Campus Pastor is the key leader of the campus. He oversees the ministries at the campus and shepherds the people who worship and serve there.
Will there be other staff members at these Campuses?
Yes, Grace Church will be staffing the site with the equivalent of three and a half full-time employees. Some roles will be part time and some will be full time.
How will we deliver the messages at the new site, and what will worship be like?
Worship will be led by a live band and in the same style as that of the existing site. Messages at the new site will be predominantly delivered by video.
What is going to be available at the new campus?
Grace Kids, Grace Students, SOAR, Grace Groups, and Outreach Opportunities.
How will we pay for these new sites?
Our campuses are funded by two sources – some costs will be provided by The Ultimate Investment capital campaign fund; other costs will be provided by budgeting out of the Grace Church general fund.
Am I free to attend any campus despite where I live?
Of course you are free to attend any campus of Grace Church. You may have a greater opportunity to impact your neighbors by attending a campus nearer your home. We would encourage you to ask God what He would have you to do. Be willing to participate at whichever campus He prefers. Ask Him to show you how and where He wants you to use the gifts He has given you.
What if members in my Grace Group attend different campuses?
We are still one church. Grace Group members are not required to attend the same campus.
What can I do to be part of launching these sites? When and how can I get involved?
First, pray for God’s continued direction and blessing.
Attend the informational meetings to get details on how you can get involved as they are scheduled.
OUR CHURCH PLANTERS
Senior Pastor of Real Community ChurchShannon had been on staff at Grace for two years and launched Real Community Church in Lee’s Summit September of 2018.
Church Planting ResidentFor over 2 years, James has been a Pastoral Resident learning various roles at Grace and is now the Senior Pastor of Silo Community Church in Louisburg, KS.
Church Planting Resident
Church Planting ResidentDavid served as a Campus Pastor in Lebanon, TN and is the Senior Pastor of The Rising Church located in Nashville, TN.
Church Planting ResidentRussell has been on staff at Grace for 5 years as the Grace Students Director and will be looking to plant a church in the fall of 2020.