One church, many locations.
The God-sized vision to start 40 new churches by the year 2020 is off and running. One way we're reaching that goal is by recreating and exporting the Kensington experience to multiple locations through "campusing."
This means that on any given Sunday you could visit any of our five campuses and hear the same message on the same topic. You'd enjoy the same music, same artistic elements and same come-as-you-are welcome, too.
Sort of like Starbucks.
Kensington started in 1990 as a "portable church" using rented facilities. In 1999, we moved into our first permanent facility in Troy, Michigan. Then, in 2004, we added a second location in nearby Rochester Hills. As a campus, it is under the leadership and organization of Kensington and is virtually identical to our original location (same teaching team, ministries and resources).
Today, we've exported the "Kensington experience" into four different areas of Metro Detroit. In fall of 2010, we launched our first national campus in Orlando, Florida. For info and directions to our five campuses click here. For additional info on our campus in Orlando, click here.
What's the difference between campusing and church planting?
A campus is like a corporate store (think Best Buy or McDonalds) and each one is a localized expression of Kensington. On the other hand, church plants are independent and free to "do church" according to their own vision and personality. A church plant is supported, encouraged, and even partially funded by Kensington but may be completely different in their style of worship.
Our first Michigan church plants were Genesis in Royal Oak (2001) and the River in Hartland (2002). We went out of state with K2 in Salt Lake City in 2003. For a listing of over 18 church plants - including our latest in New York City - click on Vision360 Detroit.
How do we decide where and when to start a campus?
First, we need a strong sense from God pointing to a geographic area. Then, we watch for people who are passionate about that area (gifted leaders and a critical mass of committed "core team" members). Then we assess the human resources, capital investment and staff increases needed. It takes months to groom leaders, train volunteers and find a suitable location - and the whole process from start to grand opening can take two years.
Will every campus get its own permanent building?
Probably not. We're creating circles of campuses in facilities we rent clustered around a centralized "hub site" in a facility we own. The idea is that a regional hub (like Troy or Auburn Hills) would send people into their community on mission work and launch other campuses. Surrounding campuses will share the permanent facility for midweek service, student ministry and weekday meetings.