KidMin Multi-Site: How we got started
It was probably about a year ago that our staff began talking in earnest about beginning a new site. Our primary reason was to reach more people. We chose Calera, which is the next city south of our Alabaster campus. It is only about 10-15 minutes away. However, we realized that every week we were getting more and more first time guests from that area, as well as many of our members who lived there as well.
Once we started down this route, my first step was research! I’m a big believer in learning from others’ successes as well as what they would do differently. One of my first discoveries is that there is not a whole lot of info out there about doing multisite children’s ministry. Or maybe there is and I was totally looking in the wrong places. I was surprised since this seems to be something God is leading many churches to do. Or maybe multi-site children’s pastors are too tired to write anything about it. 🙂
Our executive staff recommended that we contact other people in other churches who are doing multi-site and see what we could learn. I felt blessed that through our infuse mentoring group with Jim Wideman, I already had several built in contacts. Sara Richards, Cindy Fiala, Derek Jones, and Tami Poland were all so gracious to offer their insight.
One of the most helpful people was Sam Luce. We had somewhat similar models in that he started off with all volunteers, just like we would.
I also found it interesting which churches wouldn’t respond or keep phone appointments, but I won’t name names. 🙂
I’m very thankful for a kidmin world where people want to share their ideas, all in the interest of spreading the gospel to more kids. This reminded me how important it is to talk to others whenever you are starting something new. So many people have “been there, done that”, it is silly to not glean from their experience. Sure they might not do it the way you would, but you can learn from anyone!!!
I’m sure many of you are aware of kidmin multi-site resources that I am not… please comment and share!