A perplexing matrix-style of leadership that reflects numerous leadership teams across multiple locations typically characterizes multisite churches. As a result, the most volatile element in the multisite church is the distribution of decision-making authority. The unique organizational challenge for multisite churches is determining the balance of trust, freedom, and control in the relationship between each campus’s leadership and the primary leadership team of the overall church. Inevitable frustrations among campus pastors can often be decreased when multisite leadership teams are characterized by clarity in roles and authority. Additionally, responsiveness in the areas of authentic communication and the embracing of conflict are essential in order for a multisite church to fulfill its mission.
Edwards, J. (2014). Authority, Autonomy, and Healthy Communication: Embracing The Organizational Complexities of the MultiSite Church. Great Commission Research Journal, 5(2), 182-194. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol5/iss2/3