Episode 30: Daughter Churches, Governance, and Decisions

Learn about the nuts and bolts related to planting a daughter church or campus.

In Episode 30 of the New Churches Q&A Podcast, we discuss church autonomy, governing boards, and decision rights. Here is Jo Graves’ question,

What advice or timeline would you suggest for forming a governing board for a daughter church, and how should decisions relating to the property and other manners be handled for this church before a board is formed?

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The importance of decision rights
  • How critical DNA is when planting a daughter church or campus
  • The both/then model of multisite
  • The nuts and bolts regarding a governing board
  • The different types of documents required in the formation of a new church: spiritual formation and legal formation documents

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurchesQA):

  • “Decision rights should be clearly defined and agreed upon early—the earlier the better.”
  • “Set clear boundaries early on.”
  • “Too many systems early on will choke the organization.”
  • “Spiritual formation documents: statement of faith, constitution, bylaws.”
  • “Legal formation documents: incorporation, employer identification number, federal tax exemption, state sales tax exemption, insurance, nonprofit bulk mail permit.”
  • “Stay with the mother church and phase in the governance issues. Focus on your launch team!”
  • “We see a trend towards churches being multi-congregational.”
  • “Central services are a huge benefit to multi-congregational or multisite churches.”

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