Principles For Handling A Network Of Churches

Type 1 Church Network

 1. In this type of church network, each church is autonomous or independent.

2. Each church within the network remits a percentage of its income to a general fund.

3. In this type of network, pastors start their own ministries with some initial support.

4. Sometimes, this support lasts for six months and then the churches must continue at their own expense.

5. Even though churches within this type of network are quite independent, they often maintain the same name and belong to a common fellowship.

6. Here, Pastors are trained by the mother organization. After the initial training, these pastors become independent. They maintain a membership of the network by paying a percentage of their income. They also maintain their membership of the network for the sake of fellowship and a sense of belonging.

“7. Pastors cannot be transferred from their congregation because they are independent.

8. An example of this kind of network is the Assemblies of God church


Type 2 Church Network

 1. In type two church networks, branch churches are not independent and are continually monitored and governed by the headquarters.

2. The mother church finances the start of the church and supports it fully. All income flows into a central fund and ministers are paid from a central fund

3. All the needs of these churches are met by the network as a whole. There is more dependence on the central system than on individual strengths.

4. The scriptural truth that churches which gather in more income support churches that gather less is implemented fully. “As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. (2Corinthians 8:15).

5. Pastors are trained by the mother organization. In this network, pastors continue to be trained and supported after their initial training.

6. The central governing body can transfer pastors.

7. An example of this system is the Church of Pentecost.