I’m here at the Multi-Site Conference here at Community Christian in Naperville, IL… here are some thoughts (as they happen!) at session one. Phenominal growth of multi-sites: In 1990, there were an estimated 10 multi-site churches in the country; in 1998 there were about 100; today there are over 1500 multi-site churches in the US!
Greg Surratt shared how Sea Coast Church got started in their multi-site efforts. They actually started because they outgrew their facility and their city government would not allow them to expand any further.
Dave Fergeson shared that they actually started as a 'reproductive' church. Starting a new congregation was actually a part of their DNA from the start. They were very pro-active at starting new things. Great quote: "Everything needs to be reproduceable."
Larry Osborn, on the other hand, said they started venues as 'an overflow room that was a reward rather than a punishment'. They currently have 5 campuses and 24 worship options each week. They started on-campus with different venues, then learned form others (like Sea Coast and Community Christian) on how to plant new churches using the method geographically.
Greg Ligon from Leadership Network said that the multi-site movement is a real 'God Thing'. For some reason, it works. This is not something that man has created, but something that God is blessing.
Question of multi-site church pastors: The question used to be 'Does it work?' Now the question is 'How can I adapt that to our situation?'
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