We are a network of churches with the mission of bringing glory to God by making disciples. The Village Church Network uses the multi-site church model as a strategy for planting healthy gospel-centered churches. In the same way a parent celebrates their child growing up and leaving home, we celebrate our campuses growing in health to the point of becoming local churches. Our strategy is to establish campuses of The Village Church, building up a faithful body of believers with strong leadership, and then down the line planting those campuses as churches. This allows for multiplication to flourish and grow outward.
Our network is only made up of The Village Church, its campuses and churches that were once campuses but have since rolled off from The Village Church. Because of our small makeup, we function much like a family, sharing resources and ministry services while upholding one Statement of Faith and adhering to the same theological distinctives.
Questions & Answers
Can a church that wasn’t a campus of the village church join the network?
No. Only current campuses of The Village Church and former campuses can be part of The Village Church Network. We do partner with other churches and organizations, but it is not the same as a network relationship.
Will all campuses eventually transition into local churches?
We have a growing conviction to see the gospel multiplied and to use the multi-site model as a strategy for church planting and will continue to prayerfully seek out places to open campuses. We believe this strategy gives our church the opportunity to use Matt Chandler’s gift of preaching and gathering to raise up strong, gospel-centered churches—when the time is right for that campus.
How do you determine when a campus is ready to transition?
If it should seem good to the Holy Spirit and us, we will prayerfully explore the next steps for any particular campus. Should we move in a similar direction for a specific campus, then we would prayerfully and patiently move in this direction looking for three key indicators: the man, leadership and membership. Does the campus pastor have the conviction and calling to lead a church? Is the leadership of the campus (elders, deacons and staff) prepared for the transition?
Will you continue to launch new campuses?
We have strong desires to start new campuses. They would be started with the wisdom of past experience and prayerful hope that, in due time, if it seems good to the Holy Spirit and us, they will transition to become separate churches. We will move prudently, prayerfully and faithfully, one step at a time, and learn as we go.
What is the benefit of transitioning campuses into local churches?
Beyond our conviction to use the multi-site model as a means of multiplication, we see several benefits for campuses that become churches. As a campus becomes its own church, its focus and ability to serve its church body and community can improve. This unique mission is then reinforced from the pulpit and by the church leadership (elders, deacons and staff). It is proactive succession. At some point in time, each and every church will face the issue of succession. We believe we can be on the front end of it and celebrate it rather than be surprised by it—or, worse, reluctant to embrace it.
What resources do you share within the network?
We share curriculum and have ministry services, like our Communications, Facilities and Production departments available to serve network churches as desired or needed.
How do you determine who gets to use what resources?
We decide together. While ministry services are available, network churches may choose to utilize or not utilize these services. Over time, the continued use of ministry services is a decision of that church’s leadership, as they address the needs of the body.