We decided as a staff this year that instead of going to a church conference we would find some church facilities we could tour, and sit down with their staff for a little Q&A. All the face to face time we had with these churches was outstanding.
It was a whirlwind tour. Seven churches, four states all in three days. Wow!
Faith Church Lafayette Indiana
Rock Point Church crawfordsville Indiana
Emmanuel Church Greenwood Indiana
DoorCreek Sprecher Road Campus Madison Wisconsin
Blackhawk Church Middleton Wisconsin
Northridge Church Plymouth Michigan
Grace Church Akron Ohio
Here are some of my takeaways from the tour.
1.Longevity was a characteristic of six of the seven lead pastors.
2.Clear vision was at the heart of all of these churches.
3.Each of the leaders we talked with were strong, confident, and forward thinkers.
4.All seven churches were Elder rule/staff driven.
5.When we asked each of the churches how they made it to the next level here is what we found.
They experienced growth when they started a multi site campus, offering different venues, clear vision, new facility, multiple services, name change and building phase one and two.
Maybe the best part about the tour though was hanging out with the SGC team. We had a blast.
If you ever get the chance to tour churches don't miss it. It's an opportunity to get up close to some great leaders, and ask your own questions that deal with your ministry. That's something you'll never get at a conference.
Do you have any churches you would recommend we tour?