Church planting is rapidly becoming the domain of churches. One of the key questions churches must answer is which model of new church start best fits their context. Here are five iconic models for starting new churches.
Daughter Church Model
A daughter church is the result of an established church starting a freestanding church. The established church controls the church planting process from start to the launch of the new congregation. If partners are recruited, the partners provide resources to support the mother church. The established church often sends members to help start the new church.
A multi-site church is one church offering full service ministry in more than one geographic location. The new campus is launched as if it were a new congregation. However, there is one governing board, one budget and one senior pastor for all campuses. This model is often used when the mission field will not yet support a freestanding congregation.
Church planting partnerships are formed when two or more like-minded congregations come together to start a new church. While there often is a lead church, key decisions are made by all the partners. This model potentially can provide greater resources for the new congregation than other models. At the same time, partnerships are more complicated than other models.
Sometimes new churches start on the same campus as the mother church. In most cases the new church has a different language in worship than the original congregation. Still, the established church calls the new church’s pastor and the established church usually pays for facility costs. The new church stays at the mother church until the new congregation is self-supporting.
In this model an established church starts over as a new church. It is most effective when the church has new pastoral leadership, relocates to new location and is renamed before worship services are restarted. Restarts usually occur when a church has reached the end of its life cycle.
In the coming weeks I’ll unpack each of these models. Which model would fit your church the best? Share your thoughts in the comments or shoot me a message.