Friday, December 28

GRANITES MULTI SITE CHALLENGES

UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF A MULTI-SITE CHURCH

In my previous blog I said I would share a few of the unique challenges we face at GRANITE in regards to being MULTI-SITE.  So here we go and they are in particular order...

VISION ALIGNMENT - I do believe the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT challenge at GRANITE is keeping everyone on the same vision page.  Not that people rebel against the vision or deliberately walk in another direction, but DRIFT HAPPENS.  There has to be a CONSTANT push as to WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO all the time.  There has to be strategic times as well where we pull everyone in for REALIGNMENT thats just natural.

COMMUNICATION - At GRANITE we are learning that growing BIGGER, DEEPER and WIDER brings with it unique COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES.  Add to that that most of the GRANITE UNIVERSE is lead by HUNDREDS OF LAY LEADERS who work full time jobs in the marketplace.  So we are always learning better ways to communicate to so many KIGDOM IMPACT PLAYERS.  One of the key words we use with our TEAM is PATIENCE!  We are an ever growing evolving organization with hundreds of volunteer moving parts and that requires PATIENCE.

MOVING PEOPLE - Another HUGE CHALLENGE being MULTI-SITE at GRANITE is helping people respond to the need of SWITCHING CAMPUSES.  Its not that people are negative, I think there are a few reasons why people have a hard time SWITCHING CAMPUSES.  They have ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS at their present campus which they value.  Another would be just the FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.  And another biggy would be we just get COMFORTABLE doing what we've always been doing.  In the end it does TAKE COURAGE to step out, to step up and allow GOD TO SHOW UP!  Our responsibility as a leadership team to to ENCOURAGE meaning to INSTILL COURAGE in the peeps of GRANITE that not only can they do this but that they will love doing this!



Thursday, December 27

WHY IS GRANITE A MULTI-SITE CHURCH?

SO WHY IS GRANITE UNITED CHURCH ONE CHURCH IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS?  

This is a great question and one I get asked many many times so I thought I'd share a three reasons why.

NEW ENGLAND NEEDS JESUS - Salem alone has 30,000 residents.  If we are serious about not catering to the already convinced and seeing peoples lives forever changed we have to do anything and everything humanly possible to make room for people.  Our first location which is the SALEM CAMPUS has less then 200 seats in it and parking for 150ish cars.  If we are serious about ETERNITY and where people will spend it then we must MULTIPLY SEATS and PARKING SPACES.  At SALEM we already do 4 services on two separate days.  Moving to MULTIPLE LOCATIONS allows us to do ADD SEATS, ADD PARKING, and ADDS MORE PRIME TIME ATTENDANCE TIMES.

ALLOWS FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT - The more services and locations we can multiply the more opportunities we create for people to use their gifts!  At GRANITE we believe everyone has been SAVED TO SERVE NOT SAVED TO SIT!

BRINGS THE GOSPEL TO A PERSONS BACKYARD - One of the cool things about MULTIPLE LOCATIONS is it gives GRANITE a chance to bring their family and friends to a church service near them.  We want to do anything we can to eliminate any reason why a person may not want to attend GRANITE including distance.  Part of being a GREAT COMMISSION CHURCH is GOING...

So there ya go, three reasons why we are a MULTI-SITE CHURCH.  There are plenty more, but these are three of the biggies.

Tomorrow I will answer the question whats the BIGGEST CHALLENGE with being MULTI-SITE, the answer may surprise you!

Wednesday, December 26

POST CHRISTMAS 2012

WOW, WOW, WOW!  WHERE TO BEGIN... 

START WITH JESUS - Well since its all about JESUS lets begin with JESUS!  Thank you LORD JESUS for doing for us what we couldn't do for ourselves so that we could have what we don't deserve!  Thank you JESUS for not only coming to BE WITH US but coming to BE FOR US!  We love you and honor you, and beg you to use us to make you known in all of NEW ENGLAND and the world!

THANK YOU GRANITE PEEPS - I want to say THANK YOU to the HUNDREDS of volunteers who served during our 10 CHRISTMAS SERVICES at 4 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS!  You not only served but as always you served with EXCELLENCE!  Every year I am blown away at the way you are willing to sacrifice your time, talents, and treasures so that people CLOSE TO US AND FAR FROM GOD can hear the life changing message of the GOSPEL!  

MAKING DISCIPLES - At GRANITE we understand we are not called to gather big crowds but to MAKE DISCIPLES.  However to make lots of disciples we need to have lots of people.  Although the total numbers are not in, I can tell you we had somewhere in the are of 1,500 people at our CHRISTMAS SERVICES.  We also saw over 75 DECISIONS for CHRIST!  Now its time to RE-INVITE, RE-INVITE, RE-INVITE!  

I love our church and am so proud of you all!  2013 here we come!!!!