Today I want to talk to you about DNA when launching a church plant or multisite campus. Now there are basically four ways your church’s DNA could be reflected in a new plant or campus. Let’s take a look at each.
Is it an identical twin? Practically, this means that things don’t really change from place to place. Your ministries mirror each other, you mirror committees, you mirror style, you may even mirror the same exact worship set. You are identical in appearance and only the people who know — really, really know — can recognize any minor distinctions at all.
Is it a sibling? You look alike and people can kind of tell you are related, but you’re not exactly the same. You have some distinct characteristics from your sibling. And in most cases, even video-venue situations, with a multisite this is what you would see.
Is it a cousin? Most people would look at the two of you and may see that you are related, but they probably don’t know unless they really begin to know you. You share some central services, but it’s only after the course of time that they realize there is a connection between the two.
Is it a network? Now, this is where things will really change. You’re not really related. You don’t look or act the same. You may even be completely different styles, but you rally around a mission or a goal or just that you came from the same sending church. Maybe your theology is similar, but that’s about it.
Now that you understand how a church plant or multisite could have the DNA of a twin, sibling, cousin, or network, what are you going to do about it?