Though multi-site ministry poses its challenges, the leadership advantages to this model are numerous. We have discovered that people respond to visionary and missional moves with their lives. The start of any new location instantly creates many new roles and leadership opportunities.
For student ministry, new locations have provided part-time staffing roles (10 hours a week). These roles are ideal for any current volunteer leader who is excelling in their current ministry role. They are able to explore vocational ministry in a safe environment while playing a critical role in a new launch. From a church staffing perspective, this also creates a low-risk opportunity to allow a current leader to prove their leadership and develop their potential. By developing and sending leaders, you will create a missional leadership culture within your ministry.
There are also many new adult leadership roles within the student ministry connected with a new campus launch. We have found that adult leaders in student ministry are more likely to contribute at a location closer to their home. Since many adults are commuting during the week to work, they are less likely to do so on the weekend to serve at church. Additionally, adults are more likely to serve at the campus they attend.
We have also found that multiple locations have given students a larger level of ownership of their location. Those students who faded into the background of a large location have come to the forefront of leadership in a smaller environment. With a higher level of ownership, students are much more excited about the community and much more excited to bring their friend. Multiple locations have allowed us to challenge students to make missional decisions with their lives raising their evangelistic temperature.