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1 The Satellite Model Church Planting Methodologies:

2 The Satellite Model Occurs when the mother ship sends out a probe… …Occurs when the “mother” ship sends out a probe…

3 The Satellite Model Occurs when the head office opens up a new branch.

4 The Satellite Model Occurs when a “mother” church duplicates herself in another location.

5 Characteristics of the Satellite Model: Worship service in a different location. Will sometimes “reinvent itself” at the new location. Will often attract pioneering leaders from the main campus.

6 Characteristics of the Satellite Model: Often requires a senior pastor with tenure. Uses the same leadership, administration, and budget.Uses the same leadership, administration, and budget. Requires excellent communication mechanisms.

7 Criticisms of the Satellite Model: “Mother church, board, and pastor have control issues.” “It’s not really church planting.” “It’s just building somebody’s personal kingdom.” “It is dividing the church.”

8 Strengths of the Satellite Model: Satellite churches will meet the needs of different people. Satellite churches can try ‘new things’ without affecting members at the main campus.Satellite churches can try ‘new things’ without affecting members at the main campus. Satellite churches allow the mother to change at her own pace. New church is able to borrow credibility from mother.New church is able to borrow credibility from mother.

9 Strengths of the Satellite Model: Satellite churches allow an older, ingrown church to fulfill the Great Commission. Satellite churches allow a church that is “cramped for space”, to continue to grow.Satellite churches allow a church that is “cramped for space”, to continue to grow. Satellites can duplicate what works.Satellites can duplicate what works. Satellite churches may result in new churches.

10 Potential Weaknesses of this Model: Satellite churches may result in the loss of key leaders, threatening the tenure of the lead pastor. Satellite churches may become a threat to the mother church.Satellite churches may become a threat to the mother church. Satellite leadership may not be well represented in the decision-making process of the church.

11 Potential Weaknesses of this model: It is often difficult to maintain unity in the church. There is often a tendency to grow apart over time.There is often a tendency to grow apart over time. Separation can be painful and messy.


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