The Role of Campus Pastor

Over the next several blogs, I’m going to give you a little peak into my head and heart and what I have been chewing on for the last few years. For about three years, I have been fascinated with the multi-site church movement and the unique role of campus pastor at a multi-site church. About two years ago, I interviewed campus pastors at well-known multi-site churches around the country.

In the next few blog posts, I’m going to share the interviews I did with multi-site campus pastors. Keep in mind, these interviews were done two years ago and that some of their answers and situations may have changed by now – as a matter of fact, I’m sure they have. For instance, Dave Clark (who I interviewed as a campus pastor at National Community Church in Washington DC) is now on staff at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX.

However, some of the key issues, principles, challenges and advantages are still the same and that’s what I want you to reflect on. I’m leading up to something and will share more of my heart and my vision for the future in the near future. These interviews (and how God used them in my life 2 years ago) are foundational for what I’m working on now and have planned for the future.

After I share the interviews from campus pastors of multi-site churches, I will share brand new interviews with the next level of my vision – campus pastors and pastors of network churches or strategic partners of multi-site churches. These are autonomous churches that use video teaching primarily. Again, I’m leading up to something with all this and will eventually make a point.

As a primer for this conversation and the future conversations, I encourage you to pick up and read the following books (if you haven’t already):

In the meantime, if you’re a part (member, staff, volunteer) of a multi-site church or a network church, I want to hear from you. Please leave a comment and let us know about your involvement. Also, if you have any questions in general about all this, please comment as well. Campus Pastors: I want to hear from you!

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10 thoughts on “The Role of Campus Pastor

  1. My title is video director but a large part of my job is really multisite content provider. Our graphic designer and I produce and package all the media for the multi-site and the broadcast campuses. Both of us are full time staff.

  2. I'm looking forward to this series of posts. Our church is just starting into multi-site ministry. This fall we'll be launching an off-site service on Sunday nights at the local University, and we're planning to plant a brand new site in a year, so we're gathering all the information and opinions we can right now!

  3. Greg, thank you for this upcoming series. Like the others, I am looking forward to hearing their thoughts and insight on how God is using them, what worked, what didn't and how we up-and-comers can learn from them.

  4. Our church just announced a few weeks back that we are merging with another church and becoming a satellite campus. My family and I are pretty excited about it and as you can imagine there are many folks we have talked with that are a bit apprehensive about it. I'll be interested to gain some insight from what you have learned. Definitely going to point my Pastor to this article and your future ones on this topic.

    • That's big news, Jarrod. A merge can be a beautiful thing – it can also be a nightmare. I'm glad you're here and going to be a part of the discussion. Please encourage your pastor to ask questions, too.