Multi-site Churches

One church in multiple locations. The multi-site church model of ministry is really gaining strength at all size churches across the country. MMI is a clearing house for information on multi-sites for one reason: we've seen them work in communities all across the nation. If your church isn't involved in multi-site; you may well be in the future. If not; someone else in your community will soon. Find out all the details on how multi-site ministry works here in this section; and connect and discuss with those who are making it happen.

imageJim Tomberlin:  Multi-Site Church Trends for 2009 Jim Tomberlin works with tons of multi-site churches as part of his Third Quarter Consulting practice. In a recent newsletter, Jim shared some of the trends he's seeing in the multi-site world, and some of the things you should watch for in 2009. These are very interesting. Multi-site ministry is really changing the landscape of what many churches look like. Here is Jim's list of what 2009 may bring...

imageMulti-Site Church Smackdown: Surratt vs. Stetzer

It all started with an article written by Ed Stetzer about multi-site churches. Then a kind letter of dissent from Geoff Surratt (on of the authors of "The Multi-site Revolution". What resulted was a great discussion on multi-site ministry. I am honored to know both Ed and Geoff. Both are passionate about reaching people for Jesus. And, I for one, find discussions like this very interesting, and something that I can learn from. Take a look and see what you think...

More On Multi-Site Churches
imageAnswering Multi-Site Criticisms:  Multi-Site Churches Don’t Value Teaching Gifts

Greg Surratt writes, "I thought it might be of interest to address some frequent criticisms of multi-site churches. Questions are good...they force us to examine what we do in light of scripture and culture. Over the next few posts I'll try to address them with what we're learning from our six years in this crazy way of doing church.

Criticism #1: Multi-site churches don't produce preachers and teachers.

The concern stems from the concept that many multi-site churches leverage the teaching gift of one gifted teacher across various geographic locations...thereby not providing opportunities for young or new emerging teachers and preachers to develop their gifts.

Here's how we handle that at Seacoast Church: imageGranger Announces Three New Campus Locations (and their delivery system plans)

This past week, Pastor Mark Beeson announced the locations of three new Granger Community Church campuses that will open later this fall. All are within close driving distance of the Granger, IN main campus; and all will be 100% video. Tim Stevens told a little more on his "Leading Smart" blog about what these new Granger campuses will look like... imageThis Easter:  Six New Campuses, TV, and Home Services at Living Hope

Living Hope Church and Pastor John Bishop recently announced that they will be starting six new campuses this Easter Sunday (along with a couple of house churches in Florida and Tennessee). What would cause a church to expand this quickly? Vision and Necessity! Living Hope's main campus is mostly full for 7 weekend services right now (yes, I said 7!). Also, they are broadcasting their Easter service on the local FOX affiliate. Here's a little of what John shared on his blog with his church family... imageMark Driscoll:  Why We Use Video

Is video a viable way for God's Word to be spread within our churches? What about using video messages in a multi-site church setting; or for an internet campus? Many people have a problem with 'video preachers' or the multi-site movement. But what is the rationale for using video? Mark Driscoll has a great and well-thought out video on why they have chosen video as a main conduit of spreading God's word at Mars Hill Church... imageSaddleback Expansion Plan:  10x10, Ten Campuses by 2010

Found an interesting blog that is an on-going feature coming out of Saddleback Church. Here's a peak into what they're looking at for the future. It includes a goal of ten campuses by the year 2010. Here's their strategy for accomplishing this: imageZingerman’s Deli & Multi-Site Ministry:  Are We Cloning or Pioneering Ministry?

It's all the rage...multi-site churches. You have a main campus with satellite campuses spread around the city, state or even the country. Many, many churches are doing it BUT Life Church in Oklahoma seems to continually push the concept. The latest campus of the Oklahoma-based church is Albany, NY. Also Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX recently launched a new campus in Miami, FL. One could say this trend is the equivalent of franchising a successful church... or is it?

Multi-Site Churches Resources imagePastors In Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry

Why do pastors leave the ministry? Several common issues emerge from the research of Dean Hoge and Jacqueline Wenger: preference for another form of ministry, the need to care for children or family, conflict in the congregation, conflict with denominational leaders, burnout or discouragement, sexual misconduct, and divorce or marital problems. Of these factors, which form the basis for the central chapters of Pastors in Transition, two are especially important: conflict and a preference for specialized ministry. A close third is the experience of burnout, discouragement, stress and overwork. As the authors explore these factors, they provide significant insights into what can be done to help people stay in ministry. imageEat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

The bestselling author of "The Message" challenges believers to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as they read them. imagePracticing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness.