Today I had the opportunity to sit in on a session led by Terry Van Winkle, the Executive Director of Student Ministries at Life Church in Edmond, OK. Currently, Life Church is a church of 17000+ meeting at 8 locations. Though Life Church is a church of many locations, they are committed to be ONE Student Ministry. One ministry with the same mission, the same vision, the same core values, the same philosophy of ministry, and the same central support network.
Terry made a few key statements that really helped define and drive his multi-site approach that I found very helpful:
1) Life Church is committed to "provide a comprehensive youth ministry at every campus regardless of geographic location, facility limitations, or number of attenders."
2) A scaleable youth ministry model allows us to serve an infinite nnumber of campuses.
3) A scaleable youth ministry model should have a limited number of ministry focuses (Life Churches focuses are: Bring In, Build Up, Train, and Send Out).
4) The most effective [multi-site student ministry] model will be centrally led and centrally supported.
5) The central component of the student minsitry can (and should) ensure quality, consistency, and excellence at each location.
6) A centrally supported youth ministry frees the [campus] student pastors to invest their time in developing our most important resource--people.
Though Life Church's model of multisite ministry looks different than CCC, I found his philosophy and structure very insightful. How do these principles impact your student context?