We’re living in modern times. Everything is outsourced, and everything is franchised. Why should church be any different?
Todd Rhoades at Monday Morning Insight discusses this model of church planting where a larger church will directly partner with a new church plant.
Of course, every instance of this is different, but with a North Point
plant franchise in my own town, and with friends working there, this is what I see.
This church plant does not take the name of the larger church, but they do work hand-in-hand together. The church plant almost always looks very similar, if not identical, to the original church, and they follow the same model as the planting church.
You can read more at Monday Morning Insight, but here’s a quote from a pastor of one of these church plants, Eddie Johnson.
“Just like Chick-fil-A, my church is a ‘franchise,’ and I proudly serve as the local owner/operator.”
These churches seem to be effectively reaching out to the community. The language, however, is a little bit tough to swallow. Judging by the success of these plants, maybe we need less pastors and more church operators?