Have a question? Check out the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.
1. How will we continue to allow new people to come to the Lakeline Campus without some type of expansion?
We believe that with the addition of strategically located campuses in the next few years, we can continue to welcome new people at the Lakeline Campus as others begin to attend campuses closer to their neighborhoods. We have not ruled out a potential expansion at the Lakeline Campus at some point in the future if the need is there and God leads us in that direction. The current plan proposes a 100-seat expansion of the Worship Center, and recent construction added over 400 parking spaces. Both of these measures, in addition to the launch of the Lakeline PM service on Sunday nights, will allow for growth at the Lakeline Campus.
2. What’s the difference between a church plant and a campus?
A church plant is a separate congregation and a separate church. When a church plants another church, they are setting up the new organization to run independently from the planting church. A church plant has its own Lead Pastor, policies, bylaws, budget, and elders. Although a church plant might adopt an almost identical organizational structure and practices from its founding church, it is a separate entity.
A campus is an extension of an existing church, not a new entity. When a church starts another campus, they are simply extending the church to a different geographical location; a campus is not a separate church. A church campus has a Campus Pastor who is under the authority of the Lead Pastor of the entire church, and all campuses of a church share the same policies, bylaws, leadership structure and budget – they are part of one organization.
3. Are we confident enough in the multi-site model to invest significant resources into launching more campuses?
Yes. Research on the multisite movement in the U.S. indicates this is a successful strategy for the church in America today, with 85% of multi-site churches growing. In comparison, the typical protestant church in the U.S. is not growing. We feel an ever-increasing urgency to reach the men, women and children in Greater Austin, which is growing by approximately 47,450 people a year. That number breaks down to about 130 new people moving to our city every day! The Church of Jesus Christ in Austin needs to reach 100,000 people over the next 10 years just to stay even with this growth. Less than 5% of Austinites have an ongoing connection to a church. Multi-sites are a proven way to distribute believers, and therefore, the gospel, throughout the city. In addition, we now have two Executive Pastors of Ministry on our team that have years of experience in launching and growing multi-sites. We are in a better position than ever to move forward with a strategic multi-site plan. For more details on the success of campuses in the U.S., see this Leadership Network Report.
4. Are multi-sites replacing church planting as the primary means of extending our reach in the city?
No. We are committed to both planting churches and starting new campuses in order to reach every man, woman and child in Greater Austin. Both of these strategies are effective and we will continue to invest in both as God leads. Our church planting efforts will likely shift to reach people groups that have a different demography than our current plants and that are further away geographically.
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