Mapping your multisite journey…The launch & land stage…
The launch and land stage involves execution. It’s where all the excitement for the planning and the preparation begin to take shape and all of the pieces start coming together. At the beginning of that stage you’re finalizing your budget, you’re actually beginning to spend your budget, and you’re spending your budget on maybe some new personnel that you’ve decided you need. You might be spending your budget on a facility that you’re looking at getting into in that new community, or perhaps it could be on arranging that facility so that it welcomes new believers into the facility. You start seeing facilities and systems, and all kinds of opportunity for great production at your church to take place. It’s where more members begin to engage with that process.
After that, we start coming in as the landing phase. During this part, we actually encourage you guys to make a phone call to us, first. You give us the vision, you give us the ideas and the concepts that you’re trying to accomplish, and what kind of venues you’re checking out, and we will talk to you about the pros and the cons of different venues. We’ll talk to you about that big, broad thing, the opportunities, and some potential areas of concern that we’re seeing. And from there, we’ll want to do a consultation with you, about three to four months out. And that’s where we come out and meet you in person, and go into the nitty-gritty details.
We want to look at your venue, your current facility, and get a really good gauge as to your current culture. We want to know about your budget and basically every single little detail about what you’re trying to do, and then we design a system around it. It’s a really exciting time.
While that design process is going on, back at the church, the church leaders, campus pastor, executive pastor, senior pastor, they are all engaged in the process of creating momentum with the launch team and the congregation.
As the church is doing that, we start production on your system and begin integrating, wiring, and testing all of the equipment. We order everything and track it which means we have the serial numbers of every single item that comes in so that if you ever have a problem in the future going forward, give us a call and we can do very quick repairs. We really squeeze out every single little piece of efficiency so that you guys can have a very, very fast system.
And it’s tested ahead of time, and while all of that is being tested and built, and designed, and pulled together, back at the church again, the church leadership and the volunteer teams are actually engaging in the community. You haven’t landed in the community yet, and yet you want to make an impression. You want to be welcomed with open arms. So you might engage with people, with the administration, or with the community doing work projects, and reaching out physically in the community.
And it all culminates with the Portable Church Team delivering a system to you and training your team in great detail. One analogy we like to use to describe it is that we build the airplane while you guys are out in your community, building that community, building your team so that when we show up with that plane, everyone gets on it and just take off with great energy, strength, and momentum.
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If you want to contact Jeff Beachum to talk more about multiplication, email him at Jeff.Beachum@PortableChurch.com.